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ala

[ ey-luh ]
/ ˈeɪ lə /
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noun, plural a·lae [ey-lee]. /ˈeɪ li/.
a wing.
a winglike part, process, or expansion, as of a bone, shell, seed, or stem.
either of the two side petals of a flower in the legume family, as the pea.
(in an ancient Roman house) a small room, as an alcove, opening into a larger room or courtyard.
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Origin of ala

1730–40; <Latin āla wing, armpit, shoulder, representing *aks-lā, derivative of same base as axis axle (see axis1); see axle

Other definitions for ala (2 of 6)

Ala
[ ah-lah ]
/ ˈɑ lɑ /

noun
Hus·sein [hoo-seyn], /hʊˈseɪn/, 1888–1964, Iranian statesman and diplomat: premier in 1951 and from 1955 to 1957.

Other definitions for ala (3 of 6)

Ala

abbreviation Biochemistry.

Other definitions for ala (4 of 6)

à la

or a la

[ ahlah, ahluh; French ala ]
/ ˈɑ lɑ, ˈɑ lə; French a la /

preposition
according to; in the manner of: a short poem à la Ogden Nash.
Cooking.
  1. prepared in the manner of, to the taste of, or by: chicken à la provençale.
  2. prepared with the ingredient of.

Origin of à la

1580–90; <French: short for à la mode de in the style of

Other definitions for ala (5 of 6)

Ala.

abbreviation
Alabama.

Other definitions for ala (6 of 6)

A.L.A.

abbreviation
American Library Association.
Associate in Liberal Arts.
Authors League of America.
Automobile Legal Association.
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British Dictionary definitions for ala (1 of 3)

ala
/ (ˈeɪlə) /

noun plural alae (ˈeɪliː)
zoology a wing or flat winglike process or structure, such as a part of some bones and cartilages
botany a winglike part, such as one of the wings of a sycamore seed or one of the flat petals of a sweet pea flower

Word Origin for ala

C18: from Latin āla a wing

British Dictionary definitions for ala (2 of 3)

à la
/ (ɑː lɑː, æ lə, French a la) /

preposition
in the manner or style of
as prepared in (a particular place) or by or for (a particular person)

Word Origin for à la

C17: from French, short for à la mode de in the style of

British Dictionary definitions for ala (3 of 3)

Ala.

abbreviation for
Alabama
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ala

à la

Like, in the manner of, as in He hoped to break all records, à la Babe Ruth. This expression, an abbreviation of the French à la mode de (for “in the manner of”), has been used in English since the late 1500s.

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