alas

interjection \ ə-ˈlas \

Definition of alas

used to express unhappiness, pity, or concern
  • Life, alas, is too short.

Examples of alas in a Sentence

  1. Juliet's pitiful lament, “alas, poor Romeo, he is already dead!”.

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Origin and Etymology of alas

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from a ah + las weary, from Latin lassus — more at lassitude

alas Synonyms

Synonyms

alack, ay, woe;

Related Words

ouch, ow;

aw, phooey, rats, sheesh, shucks;

bah, boo, fie, ho hum, humph, pish, pooh, tsk, tush, tut, yuck (also yuk);


Alas

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ALAS Defined for English Language Learners

alas

Definition of alas for English Language Learners

  • —used to express sadness, sorrow, disappointment, etc.


ALAS Defined for Kids

alas

interjection \ ə-ˈlas \

Definition of alas for Students

used to express unhappiness, pity, disappointment or worry
  • Alas, it was too late!


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