variants: or alef-bet \ ˈä-​ˌlef-​ˈbet How to pronounce alef-bet (audio) , -​ləf-​ \

Definition of aleph-bet

: the Hebrew alphabet In Hebrew each letter in the aleph-bet has a numerical value.— Loris DeMarco, Sweeter Than Honey, 2008 But an acrostic composition, which presupposes not only the invention of the Hebrew alef-bet but also a literate milieu, was intended for appreciation in written form, whereby appeal is made to the eye.Dictionary of the Old Testament, 2008

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First Known Use of aleph-bet

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aleph-bet

borrowed from Modern Hebrew āleph-bēyth

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“Aleph-bet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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