A (Cyrillic)

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Cyrillic letter А
Cyrillic letter A - uppercase and lowercase.svg
Phonetic usage:[a], [ɑ], [ə]
Name:азъ
Numeric value:1
Derived from:Greek letter Alpha (Α α)
The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
АА́А̀А̂А̄ӒБВ
ГҐДЂЃЕЕ́Ѐ
Е̂Е̄ЁЄЄ́ЖЗЗ́
ЅИІІ́ЇИ́ЍИ̂
ӢЙЈКЛЉМН
ЊОО́О̀О̂ŌӦП
РСС́ТЋЌУУ́
У̀У̂ӮЎӰФХЦ
ЧЏШЩЪЪ̀ЫЫ́
ЬѢЭЭ́ЮЮ́Ю̀Я
Я́Я̀
Non-Slavic letters
ӐА̊А̃Ӓ̄А̨ӔӘӘ́
Ә̀Ә̃ӚӘ̄В̌ҒГ̑Г̣
Г̌ Г̂Г̆Г̈ҔӺҒ̌Ӷ
Д́Д̀Д̌Д̈Д̣Д̆ӖЕ̃
Ё̄Є̈ҖӜӁЖ̣ҘӞ
З̌З̣З̆ԐԐ́Ԑ̈ӠИ̃
И̂ӤҊІ̄́І̨Ј̵ҚК̈
ӃҠҞҜК̣ԚЛ́Л̀
ӅԮԒЛ̈ӍН́Н̀Н̃
ӉҢԨӇҤО̆О̃Ӧ̄
ӨӨ̄Ө́Ө̆ӪҨԤП̈
Р́Р̌ҎС̀С̌ҪС̣Т́
Т̈Т̌Т̣ҬТ‍ЬУ̃ӲУ̊
Ӱ̄ҮҮ́Ү̈ҰХ̣Х̱Х̮
Х̑Х̌ҲӼӾҺҺ̈Һ̌
ԦЦ́Ц̌Ц̈ҴЧ̀ҶҶ̣
ӴӋCyrillic letter Che with hook (article link).svgҸЧ̇Ч̣ҼҾ
Ш̆Ш̈Ш̣Ы̆Ы̄ӸҌЭ̆
Э̄Э̇ӬӬ́Ӭ̄Ю̆Ю̈Ю̈́
Ю̄Я̆Я̄Я̈Я̈́ԜӀ
Archaic letters
Б̣ԀԂ
ԄԆІ̂
ԞК̂ԈԠН̄ԊԢѺ
ҦҀ
ԌԎѸѠ
Ѿ
Ы̃Ѣ́Ѣ̈Ѣ̆Ѥ
ѦѪѨѬѮ
ѰѲѴѶԘ
ԔԖԪԬГ̧Г̄
К̅З̀Т̀
А (Azǔ/Азъ)
А а
(See below) А
Cyrillic letter А, in uppercase and lowercase fonts.
Usage
Writing systemCyrillic script
TypeAlphabetic
Language of originOld Church Slavonic
Phonetic usage[a]
[ɑ]
[ə]
Unicode codepointU+0410, U+0430
Alphabetical position1
Numerical value: 1
History
Development
Time period~900 to present
Descendants • Я
SistersA
Α α
א
ا
ܐ


Ա ա
𐌀 A ᴀ
Transliteration equivalentsA (Latin script)
Variations(See below) А
Other
Associated numbers1
This article contains phonetic transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. For the distinction between [ ], / / and ⟨ ⟩, see IPA § Brackets and transcription delimiters.
Letter А, page from Elisabeth Boehm's Azbuka

А (А а; italics: А а) is a letter of the Cyrillic script. It commonly represents an open central unrounded vowel /ä/, halfway between the pronunciation of ⟨a⟩ in "cat" and "father". The Cyrillic letter А is romanized using the Latin letter A.

History[edit]

The Cyrillic letter А was derived directly from the Greek letter Alpha (Α α). In the Early Cyrillic alphabet its name was азъ (azǔ), meaning "I". In the Cyrillic numeral system, the Cyrillic letter А has a value of 1.

Form[edit]

Throughout history, the Cyrillic letter А has had various shapes, but today is standardised on one that looks exactly like the Latin letter A, including the italic and lower case forms.

Usage[edit]

In most languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet – such as Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian, Macedonian and Montenegrin – the Cyrillic letter А represents the open central unrounded vowel /a/. In Ingush and Chechen the Cyrillic letter А represents both the open back unrounded vowel /ɑ/ and the mid-central vowel /ə/. In Tuvan the letter can be written as a double vowel.[1][2]

Related letters and other similar characters[edit]

Computing codes[edit]

Character information
Preview А а
Unicode name CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER A CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER A
Encodings decimal hex dec hex
Unicode 1040 U+0410 1072 U+0430
UTF-8 208 144 D0 90 208 176 D0 B0
Numeric character reference А А а а
Named character reference А а
KOI8-R and KOI8-U 225 E1 193 C1
CP 855 161 A1 160 A0
Windows-1251 192 C0 224 E0
ISO-8859-5 176 B0 208 D0
Mac Cyrillic 128 80 224 E0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tuvan language, alphabet and pronunciation". omniglot.com. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  2. ^ Campbell, George L.; King, Gareth (24 July 2013). Compendium of the World's Languages. Routledge. ISBN 9781136258459. Retrieved 14 June 2016 – via Google Books.

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of А at Wiktionary
  • The dictionary definition of а at Wiktionary