[ ey-luh ]
/ ˈeɪ lə /
noun, plural a·lae [ey-lee]. /ˈeɪ li/.
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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Definition for ala (2 of 6)
[ ah-lah ]
/ ˈɑ lɑ /
Hus·sein [hoo-seyn], /hʊˈseɪn/, 1888–1964, Iranian statesman and diplomat: premier in 1951 and from 1955 to 1957.
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or a la
[ ah lah, ah luh; French a la ]
/ ˈɑ lɑ, ˈɑ lə; French a la /
according to; in the manner of: a short poem à la Ogden Nash.
- prepared in the manner of, to the taste of, or by: chicken à la provençale.
- prepared with the ingredient of.
Origin of à la
1580–90; <French: short for à la mode de in the style of
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British Dictionary definitions for ala (1 of 3)
/ (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)
/ (ɑː lɑː, æ lə, French a la) /
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
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Medical definitions for ala (1 of 3)
[ ā′lə ]
n. pl. a•lae (ā′lē)
A winglike or expanded structure or part, such as the external ear.
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[ ā′ĕl-ā′ ]
Delta-aminolevulinic acid; an intermediate in the biosynthesis of hematin formed from glycine and succinyl-coenzyme A.
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Idioms and Phrases with ala
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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