A (Cyrillic)

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Letter А, page from Elisabeth Boehm's Azbuka
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 valueU+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
Cyrillic letter А
Cyrillic letter A - uppercase and lowercase.svg
Numeric value:1
Phonetic usage:[a], [ɑ], [ə]
The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
АБВГҐДЂ
ЃЕЀЁЄЖЗ
З́ЅИЍЙІЇ
ЈКЛЉМНЊ
ОŌПРСС́Т
ЋЌУӮЎФХ
ЦЧЏШЩЪЫ
ЬЭЮЯ
Non-Slavic letters
А́А̀ӐА̄А̊А̃Ӓ
Ӓ̄ӔӘӘ́Ә̃ӚВ̌
ҒГ̧Г̑Г̄Г̣Г̌Ҕ
ӺҒ̌ӶԀԂ
Д̆Д̣ԪԬД̆Ӗ
Е̄Е̃Ё̄Є̈ӁҖ
ӜԄҘӞЗ̌З̱З̣
ԐԐ̈ӠԆӢИ̃Ҋ
ӤИ́ҚӃҠҞҜ
ԞК̣ԚӅԮԒԠ
ԈԔӍӉҢԨӇ
ҤԢԊО́О̀О̆О̂
О̃ӦӦ̄ӨӨ̄Ө́Ө̆
ӪҨԤҦР̌ҎԖ
ҪС̣С̱ԌТ̌Т̣
ҬԎУ̃ӰӰ́
ӲҮҮ́ҰХ̣Х̱Х̮
Х̑ҲӼӾҺҺ̈Ԧ
ҴҶӴӋҸ
ҼҾЫ̆Ы̄
ӸҌЭ̆Э̄Э̇ӬӬ́
Ӭ̄Ю̆Ю̈Ю̈́Ю̄Я̆Я̄
Я̈ԘԜӀ
Archaic letters
ҀѺ
ОУѠѼѾ
ѢѤѦ
ѪѨѬѮ
ѰѲѴѶ

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]

Through 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. Retrieved 14 June 2016 – via Google Books.

External links[edit]

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