alef beys (AH-lif BEYS)
aleph bet (AH-lef BET)


  • n. "A name for the Hebrew alphabet" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Jewish children traditionally learn the aleph-bet at the age of three."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Hebrew אלף בית alef bet, Yiddish אַלף־בית álefbeys

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      aleph-bet, aleph-beis, aleph-bais, aleph-beys, alef-beis, alef-bet, aleph bet, alef bet, alef beis, aleph beys, aleph bais, aleph beis, aleph bet

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