alpha and omega


Definition of alpha and omega

1 : the beginning and ending
2 : the principal element

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "New wrinkle on origami turns designing folding structures into child’s play," 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, "Good friends, fierce competitors: Morgan, Annexstad each wants to be Gophers’ starting QB," 2 Aug. 2019 Behold the alpha and omega of Jeff Francoeur, Giant Glove Enthusiast. Jon Tayler,, "MLB Is a Game of Extremes in 2019. What Does That Mean for the Sport's Future?," 3 Sep. 2019 The biggest hit of all was The 5th Dimension’s medley of Hair’s alpha and omega. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 1969: Staff Picks," 14 Aug. 2019 His report is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. Gary Abernathy, Twin Cities, "Gary Abernathy: GOP should welcome Mueller’s testimony," 23 July 2019 The alpha and omega of all Montana trips is the state’s sublime scenery. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Bozeman, Butte, Big Sky, and Back: The Ultimate Southwest Montana Road Trip," 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, "On Paid YouTube, Sci-Fi Comedy and the Grown-Up Karate Kid," 29 May 2018 This summer, all our thirst traps and sext exchanges are hereby sponsored by Rihanna, the alpha and omega of savage. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Rihanna’s Lingerie Line Will Inspire You to Be Your Thottiest Self," 11 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 2 Jul. 2020.

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