\ ˈä-ˌlef How to pronounce aleph (audio) , -ləf \

Definition of aleph

: the 1st letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see Alphabet Table

Examples of aleph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Mt. Sinai, God’s voice, in midrash, was heard communally, but was so overwhelming that only the first letter, aleph, was sounded. Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, "The Voices in Our Heads," 9 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of aleph

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aleph

Hebrew āleph, probably from eleph ox

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“Aleph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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