Definitions for al-
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word al-
all; wholly; completely; as, almighty, almost
to; at; on; -- in OF. shortened to a-. See Ad-
the Arabic definite article answering to the English the; as, Alkoran, the Koran or the Book; alchemy, the chemistry
Al- is the definite article in the Arabic language; a particle whose function is to render the noun on which it is prefixed definite. For example, the word كتاب kitāb "book" can be made definite by prefixing it with al-, resulting in الكتاب al-kitāb "the book". Consequently, al- is typically translated as the in English. Unlike most other particles in Arabic, al- is always prefixed to another word and it never stands alone. Consequently, most dictionaries will not list it as a separate word, and it is almost invariably ignored in collation. By the same token, al- is not a permanent component of the word to which it is prefixed. It is added and removed to toggle between the definiteness and indefiniteness of the word. As a particle, al- does not inflect at all–not for gender, plurality, grammatical case, etc.
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