aleph

noun

ˈä-ˌlef How to pronounce aleph (audio)
-ləf
: 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, 9 Jan. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Hebrew āleph, probably from eleph ox

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aleph was in the 14th century

Cite this Entry

“Aleph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aleph. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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