Meaning of ALPHA in English

[ 'alfə ]

■ noun

1》 the first letter of the Greek ~bet ( Α , α ), transliterated as ‘a’.

↘[as modifier ] denoting the first of a series of items or categories.

↘[as modifier ] denoting the dominant animal or person in a group: an ~ male.

↘ Brit. a first-class mark given for a piece of work.

2》 a code word representing the letter A, used in radio communication.


~ and omega the beginning and the end (used by Christians as a title for Jesus).


via L. from Gk.

Concise Oxford English vocab.      Сжатый оксфордский словарь английского языка.