A (Cyrillic)

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Cyrillic letter A
Cyrillic letter A - uppercase and lowercase.svg
Numeric value: 1
The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
А Б В Г Ґ Д Ђ
Ѓ Е Ѐ Ё Є Ж З
Ѕ И Ѝ І Ї Й Ј
К Л Љ М Н Њ О
П Р С Т Ћ Ќ У
Ў Ф Х Ц Ч Џ Ш
Щ Ъ Ы Ь Э Ю Я
Non-Slavic letters
Ӑ А̄ А̊ А̃ Ӓ Ӓ̄ Ә
Ә́ Ә̃ Ӛ Ӕ Ғ Г̧ Г̑
Г̄ Ҕ Ӻ Ӷ Ԁ Ԃ
Ԫ Ԭ С́ Ӗ Е̄
Е̃ Ё̄ Є̈ Ӂ Җ Ӝ
Ԅ Ҙ Ӟ З́ Ԑ Ԑ̈ Ӡ
Ԇ Ӣ И̃ Ҋ Ӥ Қ Ӄ
Ҡ Ҟ Ҝ Ԟ Ԛ Ӆ Ԯ
Ԓ Ԡ Ԉ Ԕ Ӎ Ӊ Ң
Ԩ Ӈ Ҥ Ԣ Ԋ О̆ О̃
О̄ Ӧ Ө Ө̄ Ӫ Ҩ Ԥ
Ҧ Р̌ Ҏ Ԗ Ҫ Ԍ
Ҭ Ԏ У̃ Ӯ Ӱ
Ӱ́ Ӳ Ү Ү́ Ұ Х̑ Ҳ
Ӽ Ӿ Һ Һ̈ Ԧ Ҵ
Ҷ Ӵ Ӌ Ҹ
Ҽ Ҿ Ы̆ Ы̄ Ӹ Ҍ
Э̆ Э̄ Э̇ Ӭ Ӭ́ Ӭ̄ Ю̆
Ю̈ Ю̈́ Ю̄ Я̆ Я̄ Я̈ Ԙ
Ԝ Ӏ
Archaic letters
Ҁ Ѻ
ОУ Ѡ Ѽ Ѿ
Ѣ Ѥ Ѧ
Ѫ Ѩ Ѭ Ѯ
Ѱ Ѳ Ѵ Ѷ

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

History[edit]

Letter А in ABC by Elisabeth Bohm

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]

Through history the Cyrillic letter Aa has had various shapes, but today is standardised on one that looks exactly like the Latin letter Aa, including the italic forms.

Usage[edit]

In most languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet – such as Ukrainian, Belarusian, Russian, Serbian, Macedonian 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 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
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. Retrieved 14 June 2016 – via Google Books. 

External links[edit]

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