Pronunciation Noun

la (plural las)

  1. (music) A syllable used in solfège to represent the sixth note of a major scale.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume (please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗:
      And now Mrs Waters (for we must confess she was in the same bed), being, I suppose, awakened from her sleep, and seeing two men fighting in her bedchamber, began to scream in the most violent manner, crying out murder! robbery! and more frequently rape! which last, some, perhaps, may wonder she should mention, who do not consider that these words of exclamation are used by ladies in a fright, as fa, la, la, ra, da, &c., are in music, only as the vehicles of sound, and without any fixed ideas.
  • French: la
  • Portuguese:
  • Russian: ля
  1. Represents the sound of music or singing.
    "La la la la, I can't hear you!" Jimmy said, sticking his fingers in his ears.
    I couldn't make out the words of the song, it was just a bunch of la la la as far as I could hear.
  1. (obsolete) Used to introduce a statement with emphatic or intensive effect.
  2. (archaic) Expressing surprise, anger. etc.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume (please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗:
      La, ma'am, what doth your la'ship think? the girl that your la'ship saw at church on Sunday, whom you thought so handsome; though you would not have thought her so handsome neither, if you had seen her nearer, but to be sure she hath been carried before the justice for being big with child.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, vol. III ch. 2:
      “Oh, la! here come the Richardsons. I had a vast deal more to say to you, but I must not stay away from them any longer.”

la (not comparable)

  1. Prefixed to the name of a woman, with ironic effect (as though an opera prima donna).
    • 2007, Kate Carter, The Guardian, 22 Nov 2007:
      Following lukewarm on the heels of an article a few weeks ago, where (I paraphrase due to having filed the relevant copy in the recycling bin) Victoria Beckham made a "well-meaning" remark that the other Spice Girls might want to lose a few pounds, we now have a new incidence of La Beckham's scintillating and entirely well-meaning humour.
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22, Atlantic 2011, page 232:
      By judicious leaking, he also managed to make la Kirkpatrick and her associates look rather unsavory.

la (plural las)

  1. (Scouse) lad, lid

  • IPA: /ˌɛl ˈeɪ/
    • (America) IPA: [ˌɛɫ ˈlej]

la (plural las)

  1. (anatomy, medicine) Initialism of left atrium
  2. (inorganic compound) Initialism of lead arsenate
  3. (pharmacology) Initialism of local anesthetic
  4. Initialism of lateral area
  5. Initialism of local authority
Proper noun
  1. Initialism of Los Angeles A city in USA.
  2. Abbreviation of Louisiana#English|Louisiana, A state of USA, a=a.
  3. (flippant) Abbreviation of Lower Arkansas, also in reference to the state of Louisiana.
  4. Abbreviation of Lampung, A province in Indonesia.
  5. Initialism of Las Anod A city in Somalia.

  1. Abbreviation of lane#English|lane (in street addresses)
  2. Alternative form of LA

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