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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lanthanum, La, atomic number 57noun

    a white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily; occurs in rare earth minerals and is usually classified as a rare earth

  2. Louisiana, Pelican State, LAnoun

    a state in southern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War

  3. la, lahnoun

    the syllable naming the sixth (submediant) note of a major or minor scale in solmization


  1. noun

    Sixth tone of the diatonic scale.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lainterject.

    See; look; behold.

    Etymology: corrupted by an effeminate pronunciation from lo.

    La you! if you speak ill of the devil,
    How he takes it at heart. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.


  1. La

    Los Angeles (US: (listen) lawss AN-jəl-əs; Spanish: Los Ángeles [los ˈaŋxeles], lit. 'The Angels'), often referred to by its initials L.A., is the commercial, financial, and cultural center of Southern California. Los Angeles is the largest city in the state of California, the second most populous city in the United States after New York City, and one of the world's most populous megacities. With a population of roughly 3.9 million residents within the city limits as of 2020, Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic and cultural diversity, being the home of the Hollywood film industry, and its sprawling metropolitan area. The city lies in a basin in Southern California adjacent to the Pacific Ocean in the west and extending through the Santa Monica Mountains and north into the San Fernando Valley, with the city bordering the San Gabriel Valley to its east. It covers about 469 square miles (1,210 km2), and is the county seat of Los Angeles County, which is the most populous county in the United States with an estimated 9.86 million residents as of 2022.The area that became Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542. The city was founded on September 4, 1781, under Spanish governor Felipe de Neve, on the village of Yaanga. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and thus became part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood. The discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The city was further expanded with the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, which delivers water from Eastern California. Los Angeles has a diverse economy with a broad range of industries. It has the busiest container port in the Americas. In 2018, the Los Angeles metropolitan area had a gross metropolitan product of over $1.0 trillion, making it the city with the third-largest GDP in the world, after New York City and Tokyo. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the 2028 Summer Olympics. More recently, statewide droughts in California have strained both the city’s and Los Angeles County’s water security.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lanoun

    a syllable applied to the sixth tone of the scale in music in solmization

  2. Lanoun

    the tone A; -- so called among the French and Italians

  3. La

    look; see; behold; -- sometimes followed by you

  4. La

    an exclamation of surprise; -- commonly followed by me; as, La me!

  5. Etymology: [Cf. Lo.]


  1. la

    .la is the Internet country code top-level domain for Laos. Domain names registered via the .la tld start at $50.00 and skyrocket for other generic associations. This domain network is attempting to associate themselves in the geographical area of Southern California specifically the Los Angeles market, although the domain belongs to the country of Laos. It is also used for domain hacks in French and more Roman languages because of the meaning of là: there, and for the Mozilla Foundation's URL shortener using the "mzl.la" domain hack. No official or unofficial association exists between the .la domain and any government in the United States. See .org and .gov

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. La

    lä, interj. lo! see! behold! ah! indeed!—n. (mus.) in solmisation, the syllable used for the sixth tone of the scale. [A.S. .]

Rap Dictionary

  1. lanoun

    Los Angeles

Editors Contribution

  1. LA

    Los Angeles is a city in California. It is a major city that has a lot of attractions to see and do.

    Submitted by JP03 on November 24, 2014  

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  1. la

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LA

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, La is ranked #5242 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The La surname appeared 6,655 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname La.

    88.9% or 5,917 total occurrences were Asian.
    6% or 399 total occurrences were White.
    2.2% or 150 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 117 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 66 total occurrences were Black.
    0% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'La' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3879

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'La' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2263

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of La in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of La in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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