ala

noun
\ ˈā-lə How to pronounce ala (audio) \
plural alae\ ˈā-​ˌlē How to pronounce ala (audio) \

Definition of ala

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: a wing or a winglike anatomic part or process (see process entry 1 sense 4)

Definition of Ala (Entry 2 of 4)

Alabama

Definition of ALA (Entry 3 of 4)

American Library Association
\ ˌä-(ˌ)lä How to pronounce à la (audio) , ˌä-lə, ˌa-lə \
variants: or less commonly a la

Definition of à la (Entry 4 of 4)

: in the manner of walking with a swagger à la John Wayne

Other Words from ala

Noun

alar \ ˈā-​lər How to pronounce à la (audio) \ adjective
alary \ ˈā-​lə-​rē How to pronounce à la (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of ala

Noun

1634, in the meaning defined above

Preposition

circa 1642, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ala

Noun

Latin — more at aisle

Preposition

French à la

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“Ala.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ala. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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ala

noun
\ ˈā-lə How to pronounce ala (audio) \
plural alae\ -​ˌlē How to pronounce ala (audio) \

Medical Definition of ala

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a wing or a winglike anatomic process or part especially : ala nasi

Medical Definition of Ala (Entry 2 of 3)

alanine; alanyl

Medical Definition of ALA (Entry 3 of 3)

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