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. Oscar Wilde, as he sipped champagne on his deathbed:

    Alas, I am dying beyond my means.

  2. Miguel de Cervantes:

    Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.

  3. Paul. F. Meekin:

    Alas! I have more hair on my shoulders then on my head.

  4. Robert Heilbroner:

    Mathematics has given economics rigor, but alas, also mortis.

  5. Jean Rostand:

    The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.

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