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

Definition of la

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chiefly dialectal
used for emphasis or expressing surprise


\ ˈlä How to pronounce la (audio) \

Definition of la (Entry 2 of 5)

: the sixth note of the major scale in solfège


abbreviation (1)

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ever since defendants began receiving their sentences in the college admissions scandal, the question las loomed: what will be the eventual fates of Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli? Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Lori Loughlin Might Face 2 to 3 Years in Prison if Found Guilty in College Admissions Case: Expert," 19 Nov. 2019 At Madison Square Gardens in 2014, his first big foreign hoop-la, for example, Nikki Haley and Cory Booker were among over a dozen American politicians to show up. A.r., The Economist, "Donald Trump plays the role of warm-up act to Narendra Modi," 23 Sep. 2019 Le grand patron du groupe LVMH, est la 2ème plus grande fortune au monde. SI.com, "Bernard Arnault: 6 Things to Know About World's Second-Richest Man Linked With AC Milan Takeover," 17 Sep. 2019 The Morning Show, Apple’s marquee series on its new streaming service Apple TV+, is not a ripped-from-the-headlines true story à la The Crown or certain episodes of Law and Order: SVU. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Morning Show," 1 Nov. 2019 Está el sistema político preparado para que entremos las pibas? Washington Post, "She’s 19 and lives with her mother: Meet the feminist teenager running for office in Argentina," 18 Oct. 2019 That’s why winning, which usually leads to healthy ratings, is so important if a network is looking for more moo-la-dee. Bob Raissman, courant.com, "Retirement talk off limits for Suzyn Waldman, John Sterling," 2 Aug. 2019 En total 16 títulos, entre ellos 4 Copas de Europa, 3 de ellas consecutivas y 4 en las últimas 5 temporadas. SI.com, "'Thank You Infinitely': Cristiano Ronaldo Addresses Real Madrid Fans Following His Departure," 10 July 2018 Durante las tres décadas siguientes, García recolectó más de 3,000 horas de grabaciones en las comunidades y tomó cerca de 10,000 fotografías. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of la


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for la


Middle English (northern dialect), from Old English


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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“La.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/la. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce LA (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of la

music : the sixth note of a musical scale


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Kids Definition of la

: the sixth note of the musical scale

La., LA


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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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