la

1
[ lah ]
/ lɑ /

noun Music.

the syllable used for the sixth tone of a diatonic scale.
(in the fixed system of solmization) the tone A.Compare sol-fa(def 1).

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Origin of la

1
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at gamut

Definition for la (2 of 6)

la2
[ law, lah ]
/ lɔ, lɑ /

interjection Archaic or Dialect.

(used as an exclamation of wonder, surprise, etc.): La, sir, how you do go on!

Origin of la

2
before 1150; Middle English, Old English; weak variant of lo1

Definition for la (3 of 6)

La

Symbol, Chemistry.

Definition for la (4 of 6)

LA

Louisiana (approved especially for use with zip code).

Definition for la (5 of 6)

Definition for la (6 of 6)

L.A.

Latin America.
Law Agent.
Library Association.
Local Agent.
Los Angeles.
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British Dictionary definitions for la (1 of 6)

la1
/ (lɑː) /

noun

music a variant spelling of lah

British Dictionary definitions for la (2 of 6)

la2
/ (lɔː) /

interjection

an exclamation of surprise or emphasis

Word Origin for la

Old English lo

British Dictionary definitions for la (3 of 6)

la3

the internet domain name for

Lao People's Democratic Republic

British Dictionary definitions for la (4 of 6)

La

the chemical symbol for

lanthanum

British Dictionary definitions for la (5 of 6)

LA

abbreviation for

Legislative Assembly
Library Association
local agent
Los Angeles
Louisiana

British Dictionary definitions for la (6 of 6)

La.

abbreviation for

Louisiana
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Medical definitions for la

La

The symbol for the elementlanthanum
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Scientific definitions for la (1 of 2)

La

The symbol for lanthanum.

Scientific definitions for la (2 of 2)

lanthanum
[ lănthə-nəm ]

La

A soft, malleable, silvery-white metallic element of the lanthanide series. It is used to make glass for lenses and lights for movie and television studios. Atomic number 57; atomic weight 138.91; melting point 920°C; boiling point 3,469°C; specific gravity 5.98 to 6.186; valence 3. See Periodic Table.
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