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Library Association

La British & World English

Louisiana

lanthanum British & World English

The chemical element of atomic number 57, a silvery-white rare earth metal

La in lanthanum British & World English

The chemical element of atomic number 57, a silvery-white rare earth metal

lah British & World English

(In tonic sol-fa) the sixth note of a major scale

la in lah British & World English

(In tonic sol-fa) the sixth note of a major scale

à la British & World English

(Of a dish) cooked or prepared in a specified way

tra la British & World English

Expressing joy or gaiety

La Paz British & World English

The capital of Bolivia, in the north-west of the country near the border with Peru; population 835,301 (2009). (The judicial capital is Sucre.) Situated in the Andes at an altitude of 3,660 m (12,000 ft), La Paz is the highest capital city in the world

La Niña British & World English

A cooling of the water in the equatorial Pacific, which occurs at irregular intervals, and is associated with widespread changes in weather patterns complementary to those of El Niño, but less extensive and damaging in their effects

La Tène British & World English

The second cultural phase of the European Iron Age, following the Hallstatt period (circa 480 bc) and lasting until the coming of the Romans. This culture represents the height of Celtic power, being characterized by hill forts, rich and elaborate burials, and distinctively crafted artefacts

La'youn British & World English

Variant spelling of Laayoune.

La Liga British & World English

The top division of professional soccer in Spain, corresponding to the Premier League in England

ooh la la British & World English

(Especially in contexts stereotypically associated with France or the French) used to express surprise or excitement

La Palma British & World English

One of the Canary Islands, the most north-westerly in the group; chief town, Santa Cruz de la Palma. It is the site of an astronomical observatory

La Plata British & World English

A port in Argentina, on the River Plate (Río de la Plata) south-east of Buenos Aires; population 654,800 (est. 2008)

La Rioja British & World English

An autonomous region of northern Spain, in the wine-producing valley of the River Ebro; capital, Logroño

La Scala British & World English

An opera house in Milan built 1776-8 on the site of the church of Santa Maria della Scala

La Spezia British & World English

An industrial port in NW Italy; population 95,372 (2008). Since 1861 it has been Italy’s chief naval station

La Ceiba British & World English

A seaport on the Caribbean coast of Honduras; population 167,300 (est. 2008)

La Coruña British & World English

Spanish name for Corunna.

La Crosse British & World English

An industrial and commercial city in western Wisconsin, on the Mississippi River; population 50,902 (est. 2008)

La Habana British & World English

Spanish name for Havana.

La Habra British & World English

A city in southwestern California, southeast of Los Angeles; population 59,155 (est. 2008)

La Jolla British & World English

A resort section of northern San Diego in California, on the Pacific Ocean. A number of well-known research institutions are in the area

La Laguna British & World English

A university town and tourist center on Tenerife Island, in the Spanish Canary Islands; population 117,000

la-la land British & World English

Los Angeles or Hollywood, especially with regard to the film and television industry

à la king British & World English

(Of a dish) with diced meat in a cream sauce, usually with green peppers and pimientos

à la mode British & World English

In fashion; up to date

Shangri-La British & World English

A Tibetan utopia in James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon (1933)

La Rochelle British & World English

A port on the Atlantic coast of western France; population 80,014 (2006)

la-di-da British & World English

Pretentious or snobbish in manner or speech

La Gioconda British & World English

Another name for Mona Lisa.

La Louvière British & World English

An industrial city in SW Belgium, in the province of Hainaut west of Charleroi; population 77,616 (2008)

à la carte British & World English

(In a restaurant) referring to food that can be ordered as separate items, rather than part of a set meal

a la plancha British & World English

(Of meat or fish) pan-fried or cooked on a griddle

c'est la vie British & World English

Used to express acceptance or resignation in the face of a difficult or unpleasant situation

La Farge, John British & World English

(1835–1910) US artist and writer. Noted for panels including those at Trinity Church, Boston (1876) and for paintings including “Manua Our Boatman” (1891), he also invented opaline glass

Aix-la-Chapelle British & World English

French name for Aachen.

Castilla-La Mancha British & World English

An autonomous region of central Spain; capital, Toledo

Pays de la Loire British & World English

A region of western France centred on the Loire valley

Roman de la rose British & World English

An extremely influential French poem of the 13th century, an allegorical romance embodying the aristocratic ethic of courtly love. It was composed by two different authors some forty years apart

Río de la Plata British & World English

Spanish name for the River Plate (see Plate, River)

vive la difference British & World English

An expression of approval of difference, especially that between the sexes

La Belle Province British & World English

Informal name for Quebec.

La Grande River British & World English

A river that flows for 500 miles (800 km) across central Quebec to Hudson Bay

La Leche League British & World English

An international nonprofit breastfeeding advocacy group. Local chapters hold meetings to provide breastfeeding information and support

chicken à la king British & World English

Cooked breast of chicken in a cream sauce with mushrooms and peppers

crème de la crème British & World English

The best person or thing of a particular kind

de la Mare, Walter British & World English

(1873–1956), English poet, known particularly for his verse for children. Notable works: The Listeners (1912); full name Walter John de la Mare


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