Hamza meaning

hămzə, hämzä
A sign in Arabic orthography used to represent the sound of a glottal stop, transliterated in English as an apostrophe.
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A mark used in Arabic writing to indicate a glottal stop and usually represented in English transliteration by an apostrophe or single quotation mark.
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A sign (ء‎ - a stand-alone hamza) used in the written Arabic language representing a glottal stop. Hamza may appear as a stand-alone letter or most commonly over or under other letters, e.g. أ‎‎ (over an alif - ا‎), إ‎‎ (under an alif), ؤ‎‎‎ (over a wāw - و‎) or ئ‎‎‎‎ (over a dotless yāʾ - ى‎). The exact seat of hamza is governed by an orthographic rule - "seat of hamza rule".
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Origin of hamza

  • Arabic from hamaza to urge on, goad hmz in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Arabic همزة (hamza)

    From Wiktionary