alas
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /əˈlæs/, /əˈlɑːs/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈlæs/
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /ɘˈlɛs/
Interjection
  1. ngd Used to express sorrow, regret, compassion or grief.
    Synonyms: alack
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
      Act V, Scene I
      Alas, Poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that.
Translations Noun

alas (plural alases)

  1. A type of depression which occurs in Yakutia, formed by the subsidence of permafrost.



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