variants or alef-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

Word History


borrowed from Modern Hebrew āleph-bēyth

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aleph-bet was in 1909

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“Aleph-bet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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