A (Cyrillic)

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А (Azǔ/Азъ)
А а
(See below) А
Cyrillic letter А, in uppercase and lowecase 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


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𐌀 A ᴀ
Transliteration equivalentsA (Latin script)
Variations(See below) А
Other
Other letters commonly used withаң
Associated numbers1
Letter А, page from Elisabeth Boehm's Azbuka
Cyrillic letter А
Cyrillic letter A - uppercase and lowercase.svg
Phonetic usage:[a], [ɑ], [ə]
Name:азъ
Numeric value:1
The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
АБВГҐДЂ
ЃЕЀЁЄЖЗ
З́ЅИЍЙІЇ
ЈКЛЉМНЊ
ОŌПРСС́Т
ЋЌУӮЎФХ
ЦЧЏШЩЪЫ
ЬЭЮЯ
Non-Slavic letters
А́А̀ӐА̄А̊А̃Ӓ
Ӓ̄ӔӘӘ́Ә̃ӚВ̌
ҒГ̧Г̑Г̄Г̣Г̌Ҕ
ӺҒ̌ӶԀԂ
Д̆Д̣ԪԬД̆Ӗ
Е̄Е̃Ё̄Є̈ӁҖӜ
ԄҘӞЗ̌З̱З̣Ԑ
Ԑ̈ӠԆӢИ̃ҊӤ
И́ҚӃҠҞҜК̣
ԚӅԮԒԈӍӉ
ҢԨӇҤԊО́О̀
О̆О̂О̃ӦӦ̄ӨӨ̄
Ө́Ө̆ӪҨԤҦР̌
ҎҪС̣С̱Т̌Т̣
ҬԎУ̃ӰӰ́ӲҮ
Ү́ҰХ̣Х̱Х̮Х̑Ҳ
ӼӾҺҺ̈ԦҴҶ
ӴӋҸҼҾЫ̆Ы̄
ӸҌЭ̆Э̄Э̇ӬӬ́
Ӭ̄Ю̆Ю̈Ю̈́Ю̄Я̆Я̄
Я̈ԜӀ
Archaic letters
ҀѺ
ОУѠѼѾ
ѢѤѦ
ѪѨѬѮ
ѰѲԌ
ѴѶԘ
ԢԔԠԖԞ

А (А а; 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 had 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 Ukrainian, Belarusian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian, Macedonian, Montenegrin and Bulgarian – 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 decimal 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