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definition of the word alma

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From colloquial Arabic عالمة (‘ālima), originally a feminine adjective meaning “learned, knowledgeable”, from علم (‘alima), to know).

Singular
alma

Plural
almas or alma

alma (plural almas or alma)

  1. An Egyptian singer or dancing-girl used for entertainment or as a professional mourner.

alma (Cyrillic spelling алма)

  1. apple

From a Turkic language. Compare Azeri alma and Turkish elma.

alma (plural almák)

  1. apple


alma f.

  1. feminine of almus.

Latin anĭma

alma f. (plural almas)

  1. soul

Latin anĭma

alma f. (plural almas)

Singular
alma f.

Plural
almas f.

  1. soul

The feminine noun alma is like other feminine nouns starting with a stressed a sound in that it takes the definite article el (normally reserved for masculine nouns) in the singular when there is no intervening adjective:

el alma

However, if an adjective intervenes between the article and the noun, the article reverts to la.


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