What does alpha mean?

Definitions for alpha
ˈæl fəal·pha

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alpha(noun)

    the 1st letter of the Greek alphabet

  2. alpha(adj)

    the beginning of a series or sequence

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

  3. alpha(adj)

    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. alpha(adj)

    early testing stage of a software or hardware product

    "alpha version"


  1. alpha(Noun)

    The name of the first letter of the Greek alphabet (u0391, u03B1), followed by beta. In the Latin alphabet it is the predecessor to A.

  2. alpha(Noun)

    Latin alpha

  3. alpha(Noun)

    The name of the symbols u0391 and u03B1 used in science and mathematics, often interchangeable with the symbols when used as a prefix.

  4. alpha(Noun)

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

  5. alpha(Noun)

    An alpha male.

  6. alpha(Noun)


  7. alpha(Adjective)

    Designates the first in an order of precedence.

    I am the alpha male.

  8. alpha(Adjective)

    Designates the brightest star in a constellation.

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alpha(noun)

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

  2. Origin: [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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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce alpha?

  1. Alex
    US English

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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. Emmanuel Macron:

    It's not the alpha and the omega of politics, but a moment of truth.

  2. Kerrisdale Capital Sahm Adrangi:

    The reason investors are paying hedge fund fees are to uncover alpha and shorting can help with that.

  3. Jaki Brophy:

    We used to grow more alpha hops, but a lot of the popular aromas now are very conducive to this growing area.

  4. Peter Rup:

    It was the last remaining bastion of alpha and a sector where many hedge funds were hiding. Now it has succumbed.

  5. The Sigma Alpha Mu board:

    Sigma Alpha Mu's values and standards of conduct were violated by the actions of those members whose behavior was abhorrent.

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