\ ˈlȯ How to pronounce la (audio) , ˈlä How to pronounce la (audio) \

Definition of la

 (Entry 1 of 5)

chiefly dialectal
used for emphasis or expressing surprise

la

noun
\ ˈlä How to pronounce la (audio) \

Definition of la (Entry 2 of 5)

: the sixth note of the major scale in solfège

Definition of La (Entry 3 of 5)

Louisiana

La

symbol

Definition of La (Entry 4 of 5)

lanthanum

Definition of LA (Entry 5 of 5)

1 law agent
2 legislative assistant
3 Los Angeles
4 Louisiana

Examples of la in a Sentence

Noun do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti

First Known Use of la

Interjection

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for la

Interjection

Middle English (northern dialect), from Old English

Noun

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from the syllable sung to this note in a medieval hymn to St. John the Baptist

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The first known use of la was before the 12th century

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“La.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/la. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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la

noun
\ ˈlä How to pronounce la (audio) \

Kids Definition of la

: the sixth note of the musical scale

La., LA

abbreviation

Kids Definition of La.

Louisiana

La

symbol

Medical Definition of La

 (Entry 1 of 2)

lanthanum

LA

abbreviation

Medical Definition of LA (Entry 2 of 2)

long-acting

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