Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. See Table at alphabet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The first letter of the Proto-Canaanite alphabet, and its descendants in descended Semitic scripts as Phoenician Aleph 𐤀 (ʾ, "aleph"), Aramaic 𐡀, Syriac ܐ ("'ālaph"), Hebrew א ("aleph") and Arabic ا (ʾ, "ʾálif").

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet (#722), representing the older Phenician letter which gave name and form to the Greek A, α%148λφα. See a.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the 1st letter of the Hebrew alphabet

Etymologies

Hebrew 'ālep, of Phoenician origin; see אlp in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hebrew אלף (álef), with a Hellenized ph spelling due to influence from alpha. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That meant I had to remember the shape of aleph, which is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

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  • But I wasn't influenced by him, I was influenced by the idea of aleph, the concept.

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  • I don't do this very often but the other day I had an otherwise twiddling my thumbs opportunity and was surprised to find that I generated correctly and with all possible meaninngs 42 of the 67 'aleph' verbs.

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  • Did you know the aleph is the first letter of God’s mystical name in Exodus?

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  • The aleph is the origin of the first letter in our alphabet, a celebration of our contract with nature’s power.

    Deeper

  • Those receive intermediate exam sheets, others are given 'aleph' (beginners ') exam sheets.

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  • As the rehearsal began, Mr. Braxton smiled and gamely tried to summarize an aesthetic that, like a Borgesian aleph, seems to contain everything.

    A Jazztronaut, Exploring the Spaces in Music

  • The Greek alphabet was borrowed and adapted from the Phoenicians by the eighth century B.C., so that the aleph, bet, and gimel of Phoenician became the alpha, beta, and gamma of Greek.

    Alexander the Great

  • Her name, Elif, is actually the Turkish word for alif or aleph, the first letter of the Arabic and Hebrew alphabets.

    Review of The Possessed by Elif Batuman

  • Note that ‘ansuz’ is related to the old languages letter ‘A’ (aleph), which obviously has some sense of being both primordial and part of the speech principle which relates back to the initial ‘call, invoke’ sense.

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