What does alas mean?

Definitions for alas
əˈlæs, əˈlɑsalas

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    by bad luck

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

Wiktionary

  1. alas(Interjection)

    Used to express sorrow, regret, compassion or grief.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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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  1. aals, Lasa

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Numerology

  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

Examples of alas in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Alas, poor Yorick I knew him, Horatio a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is my gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now your gambols, your songs your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar Not one now, to mock your own grinning Quite chap-fallen Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come.

  4. RVM:

    Tremendous energy lies within each one of us. Alas! We don’t discover and unleash it and when we die, we lose it because we didn’t use it.

  5. Victor Hugo, Les Miserables:

    Woe, alas, to those who have loved only bodies, forms, appearances! Death will rob them of everything. Try to love souls, you will find them again.”

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