A (А а; italics: А а) is a letter of the Cyrillic script. It commonly represents an open central unrounded vowel /a/, like the pronunciation of ⟨a⟩ in "father". The Cyrillic letter А is romanized using the Latin letter A.
The Cyrillic letter А was derived directly from the Greek letter Alpha (Α α). In the Early Cyrillic alphabet its name was азъ (azǔ), meaning "I". In the Cyrillic numeral system, the Cyrillic letter А had a value of 1.
In most languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet – such as Ukrainian, Belarusian, Russian, Serbian, Macedonian and Bulgarian – the Cyrillic letter А represents the open central unrounded vowel /a/. In Ingush and Chechen the Cyrillic letter А represents both the open back unrounded vowel /ɑ/ and the mid-central vowel /ə/. In Tuvan the letter can be written as a double vowel.
Related letters and other similar characters
- A a : Latin letter A
- Ă ă : Latin letter A with breve, used in Romanian language and Vietnamese language.
- Ä ä : Latin letter A with diaeresis
- Â â : Latin letter A with circumflex, after used in Vietnamese letter 3rd.
- Α α : Greek letter Alpha
Pronunciation of name of Cyrillic 'A'
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|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER A||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER A|
|UTF-8||208 144||D0 90||208 176||D0 B0|
|Numeric character reference||А||А||а||а|
|KOI8-R and KOI8-U||225||E1||193||C1|