What does alpha mean?

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ˈæl fəal·pha

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alphanoun

    the 1st letter of the Greek alphabet

  2. alphaadjective

    the beginning of a series or sequence

    "the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end"--Revelations

  3. alphaadjective

    first in order of importance

    "the alpha male in the group of chimpanzees"; "the alpha star in a constellation is the brightest or main star"

  4. alphaadjective

    early testing stage of a software or hardware product

    "alpha version"


  1. alphanoun

    The name of the first letter of the Greek alphabet (, u03B1), followed by beta. In the Latin alphabet it is the predecessor to A.

  2. alphanoun

    Latin alpha

  3. alphanoun

    The name of the symbols and u03B1 used in science and mathematics, often interchangeable with the symbols when used as a prefix.

  4. alphanoun

    The return of a given asset or portfolio adjusted for systematic risk.

  5. alphanoun

    An alpha male.

  6. alphanoun


  7. alphaadjective

    Designates the first in an order of precedence.

    I am the alpha male.

  8. alphaadjective

    Designates the brightest star in a constellation.

    When space travel becomes feasible, I plan to visit Alpha Centauri.

  9. Etymology: From the, the first letter of the Greek alphabet, from the Phoenician aleph.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ALPHAnoun

    The first letter in the Greek alphabet, answering to our A; therefore used to signify the first.

    I am alpha and omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alphanoun

    the first letter in the Greek alphabet, answering to A, and hence used to denote the beginning

  2. Etymology: [L. alpha, Gr. 'a`lfa, from Heb. leph, name of the first letter in the alphabet, also meaning ox.]


  1. Alpha

    Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 1. It was derived from the Phoenician letter aleph . Letters that arose from alpha include the Latin A and the Cyrillic letter А. In English, the noun "alpha" is used as a synonym for "beginning", or "first", reflecting its Greek roots.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alpha

    al′fa, n. the first letter of the Greek alphabet: the first or beginning. [Gr. alpha—Heb. aleph, an ox, the name of the first letter of the Phœnician and Hebrew alphabet. See A.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alpha' in Nouns Frequency: #2826

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alpha in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alpha in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of alpha in a Sentence

  1. Eric Dorfman:

    Alpha-1 is very rare, the average person goes to seven specialists before they actually discover that they have Alpha-1.

  2. Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner:

    Buffalo State College is aware of and continues to support the City of Buffalo Police Department’s investigation into an allegation of hazing involving Alpha Phi Alpha and Bradley D’Oyley at an off-campus location. While the investigation is conducted, the campus chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha has been suspended by both the college and the fraternity’s national governing body.

  3. Jim Hall:

    One of the reasons we think alpha-PVP is such a problem is because it is extremely dose-specific, and even just a little dose will give a person the desired effect of they want.

  4. Elisabeth Maxwell:

    My father was a powerful man — you know, an alpha male, really. And when you have that kind of experience, all of us, all of the brothers and sisters have had to somehow deal with that, elisabeth Maxwell was no exception. But clearly to then say, ‘ Well, you know, Elisabeth Maxwell dies, then she moves along to the next rich man. ’ I just do n’t buy that.

  5. Peter Hotez:

    When you look at the sequence of the virus in terms of its transmissibility, it looks a lot like the Alpha variant that arose out of the UK and came to the US at the beginning part of the year, which was more transmissible than the original lineage but not more transmissible than Delta, on that basis, I actually don't think Omicron is necessarily going to outcompete Delta.

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