What does ALAS mean?

Definitions for ALASəˈlæs, əˈlɑs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ALAS.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. unfortunately, unluckily, regrettably, alas(adverb)

    by bad luck

    "unfortunately it rained all day"; "alas, I cannot stay"


  1. alas(Interjection)

    Used to express sorrow, regret, compassion or grief.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alas

    an exclamation expressive of sorrow, pity, or apprehension of evil; -- in old writers, sometimes followed by day or white; alas the day, like alack a day, or alas the white

  2. Origin: [OE. alas, allas, OF. alas, F. hlas; a interj. (L. ah.) + las wretched (that I am), L. lassus weary, akin to E. late. See Late.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alas

    a-las′, interj. expressive of grief.—Alas the day, Alas the while (in old writers), ah! unhappy day, or time. [O. Fr. ha las, a las (mod. Fr. hélas); ha! and las, lasse, wretched, weary—L. lassus, wearied.]

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Anagrams for ALAS »

  1. aals, Lasa

  2. Aals


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ALAS in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ALAS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Shakespeare:

    Alas, poor Yorick I knew him Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy...

  2. Alain:

    When I was a young man I vowed never to marry until I found the ideal woman. Well, I found her but, alas, she was waiting for the ideal man.

  3. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev:

    The war is declared against the whole civilised world. The threat is global and, alas, is real. So the stance of some Western countries on Russia looks weird.

  4. Dmitry Medvedev:

    An act of terror with our plane and the terror attack in Paris ... have sharpened the global political agenda, the war is declared against the whole civilised world. The threat is global and, alas, is real. So the stance of some Western countries on Russia looks weird.

  5. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    The works of women are symbolical. We sew, sew, prick our fingers, dull our sight, producing what? A pair of slippers, sir, to put on when you're weary -- or a stool. To stumble over and vex you... curse that stool! Or else at best, a cushion, where you lean and sleep, and dream of something we are not, but would be for your sake. Alas, alas! This hurts most, this... that, after all, we are paid the worth of our work, perhaps.

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