AskDefine | Define alas

Dictionary Definition

alas adv : by bad luck; "unfortunately it rained all day"; "alas, I cannot stay" [syn: unfortunately, unluckily, regrettably] [ant: fortunately, fortunately]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From a las (French hélas), from a + las, from lassus.

Pronunciation

  • /ə'las/

Interjection

alas
  1. 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.

Synonyms

Translations

exclamation of sorrow, etc.

Balinese

Noun

alas

Finnish

Etymology

From the same root *ala as Estonian all and Hungarian alatt (the lative singular of ala-).

Adverb

  1. down
  2. downward

Antonyms

Inflection

Interjection

  1. In the context of "followed by a nominative": down with
    Alas rikolliset!
    Down with the criminals!

Indonesian

Noun

alas

Usage notes

  1. alas kaki

Synonyms

Noun

alasan

Latin

Noun

ālās

Latvian

Noun

alas
  1. : cave

Declension

Malay

Noun

alas

Spanish

Noun

alas f|p
  1. Plural of ala

Extensive Definition

The term alas may refer to—
alas in Spanish: Alas
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