Definition of abjad in English:

abjad

noun

Linguistics
  • A writing system in which a character typically represents a consonant and vowels are an optional secondary feature, used for Semitic languages such as Arabic and Hebrew.

    • ‘the four abjads still in use today developed from a common ancestor’

Pronunciation

abjad

/ˈäbˌjäd/ /ˈɑbˌdʒɑd/ /ˈabˌjad/ /ˈæbˌdʒæd/

Origin

Arabic abjad, denoting the Arabic alphabet, from the initial letters of alif, bā', jīm, and dāl, the first four letters of the Arabic alphabet in its historical order.