alas adv : by bad luck; "unfortunately it rained all day"; "alas, I cannot stay" [syn: unfortunately, unluckily, regrettably] [ant: fortunately, fortunately]
EtymologyFrom a las (French hélas), from a + las, from lassus.
- Used to express
sorrow, regret, compassion or grief.
- Act 5, Scene 1
- Alas, Poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that.
- Act 5, Scene 1
exclamation of sorrow, etc.
- Arabic: (wāhan)
- Catalan: ai las
- Chinese: 唉呀 (ài yā)
- Dutch: helaas, o wee, jammer genoeg
- Finnish: voi kauhistus, kauheaa, kuinka ikävää
- French: hélas
- German: o weh, leider, ach
- Greek: αλίμονο
- Hungarian: ajjaj
- Ido: Ve
- Italian: ahimè, purtroppo
- Kurdish: , , ,
- Latin: Heu
- Old English: eala
- Persian: افسوس
- Scottish Gaelic: och, mo thruaighe, mo chreach, mo sgal
- Spanish: ay, ay de mí
EtymologyFrom the same root *ala as Estonian all and Hungarian alatt (the lative singular of ala-).
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- : cave
- Plural of ala
The term alas may refer to—
- an interjection used to express regret, sorrow, or grief.
- in geomorphology, a steep-sided depression formed by the melting of permafrost; it may contain a lake.
- in zoology, a wing or winglike body part.
- Alas (subdistrict), a subdistrict of the district Manufahi in East Timor.
- Alas people, an ethnic group in Aceh, Indonesia.
- Alas!, a work of literature by Rhoda Broughton.
- AlAs, aluminium arsenide
- ALAS, an Argentine progressive rock band.
- Alas, progressive metal band from USA.
- the Spanish writer Leopoldo Alas y Ureña
- Spanish for Wings.
- Finnish for down or downwards.
- Artificial Limb & Appliance Service
alas in Spanish: Alas