hamza

noun

ham·​za ˈham-zə How to pronounce hamza (audio) ˈhäm- How to pronounce hamza (audio)
variants or hamzah
: the sign for a glottal stop in Arabic orthography usually represented in English by an apostrophe

Word History

Etymology

Arabic hamza, literally, compression

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hamza was in 1813

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“Hamza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hamza. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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