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

à la

preposition
\ 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

borrowed from Latin āla "armpit, upper arm, wing, axil" going back to *akslā, going back to Indo-European *h2eḱs-(i)l-eh2- (whence also Germanic *ahslō-, whence Old English eaxl "shoulder," Old Frisian axle, axele "shoulder, armpit," Old Saxon ahsla, Old High German ahsla, ahsala, Old Icelandic ǫxl "shoulder"), derivative with an -l- suffix from *h2eḱs- "pivot around which something rotates, axle" — more at axis

Preposition

French à la

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“Ala.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ala. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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Ala.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of Ala.

Alabama

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

Ala

abbreviation

Medical Definition of Ala (Entry 2 of 3)

alanine; alanyl

ALA

abbreviation

Medical Definition of ALA (Entry 3 of 3)

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