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alas

[ uh-las, uh-lahs ]
/ əˈlæs, əˈlɑs /
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interjection
(used as an exclamation to express sorrow, grief, pity, concern, or apprehension of evil.)
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Origin of alas

1225–75; Middle English <Old French (h)a las!, equivalent to (h)aah + las wretched <Latin lassus weary; cf. alack

Other definitions for alas (2 of 2)

Alas.

abbreviation
Alaska.
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British Dictionary definitions for alas (1 of 2)

alas
/ (əˈlæs) /

sentence connector
unfortunately; regrettablythere were, alas, none left
interjection
an exclamation of grief, compassion, or alarm

Word Origin for alas

C13: from Old French ha las! oh wretched!; las from Latin lassus weary

British Dictionary definitions for alas (2 of 2)

Alas.

abbreviation for
Alaska
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