Definition of alas in English:


Pronunciation /əˈlas//əˈlɑːs/


humorous, archaic
  • Used to express grief, pity, or concern.

    ‘alas, my funds have some limitations’
    • ‘Oh my god, I nearly pushed her out of the way to get at him, but alas, he only had eyes for her.’
    • ‘I caught my arms around a low wall that separated the two sections of the path, but alas!’
    • ‘She became the most passionate wife that a man could hope that she might be, 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.’
    unluckily, sadly, regrettably, unhappily, woefully, lamentably, alas, sad to say, sad to relate
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Middle English: from Old French a las, a lasse, from a ‘ah’ + las(se) (from Latin lassus ‘weary’).