noun \ˈham-zə, ˈhäm-\

Definition of HAMZA

:  the sign for a glottal stop in Arabic orthography usually represented in English by an apostrophe

Variants of HAMZA

ham·za or ham·zah \ˈham-zə, ˈhäm-\

Origin of HAMZA

Arabic hamza, literally, compression
First Known Use: 1813


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