Definition of alas in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈlas
, əˈlɑːs


archaic or humorous
Used to express grief, pity, or concern: alas, my funds have some limitations
More example sentences
  • I caught my arms around a low wall that separated the two sections of the path, but alas!
  • We looked in vain expecting the area to miraculously improve but alas, no such luck.
  • Shopping, alas, is likely always to lag behind the entertainment industry.


Middle English: from Old French a las, a lasse, from a 'ah' + las(se) (from Latin lassus 'weary').

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