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1alpha

noun al·pha \ˈal-fə\

: the first letter of the Greek alphabet

Full Definition of ALPHA

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:  the 1st letter of the Greek alphabet — see alphabet table
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:  something that is first :  beginning
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Examples of ALPHA

  1. <money is not the alpha and omega—the beginning and end—of life's purpose>

Origin of ALPHA

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew āleph aleph
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Alphabet Terms

cuneiform, linear, minuscule, pictograph, rune, symbology, wedge

2alpha

adjective

: having the most power in a group of animals or people

Full Definition of ALPHA

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:  closest in the structure of an organic molecule to a particular group or atom —symbol α <α-substitution>
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:  socially dominant especially in a group of animals <an alpha male>
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First Known Use of ALPHA

1842

Other Alphabet Terms

cuneiform, linear, minuscule, pictograph, rune, symbology, wedge
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