alpha and omega


Definition of alpha and omega

1 : the beginning and ending
2 : the principal element

Examples of alpha and omega in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These two novels are the alpha and omega for a spy novelist. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2020 Mixing classes, Waitukaitis and van Hecke designed a 36–by 36–puzzle piece origami that could switch between the shapes of the Greek letters alpha and omega (see video). Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 14 Oct. 2019 Morgan got his first tattoo a few weeks ago, a cross with the alpha and omega symbols on his right forearm. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 2 Aug. 2019 Behold the alpha and omega of Jeff Francoeur, Giant Glove Enthusiast. Jon Tayler,, 3 Sep. 2019 The biggest hit of all was The 5th Dimension’s medley of Hair’s alpha and omega. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 14 Aug. 2019 His report is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. Gary Abernathy, Twin Cities, 23 July 2019 The alpha and omega of all Montana trips is the state’s sublime scenery. Todd Plummer, Vogue, 31 Aug. 2018 That’s a fundamental reason the two are the alpha and omega of online streaming: neatly organized television-length (and TV-quality) programs versus an endless babel of mostly short bursts of video. Mike Hale, New York Times, 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of alpha and omega

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alpha and omega

from the fact that alpha and omega are respectively the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet

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“Alpha and omega.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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