Maddah Definition

noun

Arabic diacritic similar in appearance to a tilde. Over an alif (آ "alif maddah"), it indicates glottal stop, /ʔ/, followed by a long /aː/. The diacritic is not used separately, only over alif. Alif maddah can appear in the beginning: آسف (ʾāsif) or in the middle of a word: قرآن (qurʾān).

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In the Qur'an, it indicates an extra long vowel and can appear over any long vowel.
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In Persian the letter is used only in the beginning of a word with a long /aː/: آمدن (âmadan)
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Other Word Forms of Maddah

Noun

Singular:
maddah
Plural:
maddahs

Origin of Maddah

  • From Arabic مَدَّةٌ (madda).

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