la

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English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lɑː/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː

Etymology 1

From Latin labii, from the first word of the sixth line of Ut queant laxis, the medieval hymn on which solfège was based because its lines started on each note of the scale successively.

Alternative forms

  • lah

Noun

la (plural las)

  1. (music) A syllable used in solfège to represent the sixth note of a major scale.
    • 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.
Translations
Coordinate terms
  • (music): do, re, mi, fa, sol, ti

Etymology 2

Sound used to form meaningless song refrains. Of imitative origin. Compare Old English la, a common exclamation, Ancient Greek λαλαγε (lalage, babble), German lallen (to babble).

Interjection

la

  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.

Etymology 3

From Middle English la, from Old English . More at lo.

Alternative forms

  • law

Interjection

la

  1. (obsolete) Used to introduce a statement with emphatic or intensive effect.
  2. (archaic) Expressing surprise, anger. etc.
    • 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.”

Etymology 4

From French la, Italian la.

Adjective

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.

Etymology 5

Possibly a shortened form of lad.

Noun

la (plural las)

  1. (Liverpudlian) lad, lid

Anagrams

  • & al., -al, AL, Al, a.l., al, al-, al.

Afrikaans

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [lɑː]

Noun

la (plural [please provide])

  1. (music) la (solfège)

References

  • 2007. The UCLA Phonetics Lab Archive. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Department of Linguistics.

Ama

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɭa/

Noun

la

  1. fish

Aromanian

Etymology

From Latin illac. Compare Romanian la.

Preposition

la

  1. at
  2. by

Asturian

Etymology

From Latin illa(m).

Article

la f sg (masculine el, neuter lo, masculine plural los, feminine plural les)

  1. (definite) the

Usage notes

  • The article la contracts to l' before a word beginning with a or ha: l'asturiana (the Asturian), l'habitación (the habitation)

Pronoun

la

  1. her (third-person singular feminine direct pronoun)

Catalan

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lə/

Etymology 1

From Old Occitan la, from Latin illa(m).

Article

la f (masculine el, masculine plural els, feminine plural les)

  1. the; feminine singular definite article
Usage notes

The article la is contracted to l' before a vowel or h-, except before a following (h)i- or (h)u-.

Pronoun

la (enclitic and proclitic, contracted proclitic l')

  1. her (direct object)
Declension

Etymology 2

Noun

la m (plural las)

  1. (music) la (sixth note of a diatonic scale)

Further reading

  • “la” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.

Chickasaw

Pronoun

la

  1. I (first-person singular pronoun)

Dalmatian

Etymology

From Latin illa(m).

Article

la

  1. the; feminine singular definite article

Related terms

  • el
  • i
  • le

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /laː/

Etymology 1

From earlier lade, from Middle Dutch lāde, from Old Dutch *latha, from Proto-Germanic *hlaþō.

Noun

la f (plural la's, diminutive laatje n)

  1. drawer
Alternative forms
  • lade
Derived terms
  • bureaula
  • schuifla

Etymology 2

Noun

la f (plural la's, diminutive laatje n)

  1. la (music)

Anagrams

  • al

Emilian

Etymology

From Latin illa(m), feminine form of ille.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /la/
  • Hyphenation: la

Article

la f sg (plural al, el, li)

  1. the

Pronoun

la (personal)

  1. (nominative case) she
  2. (accusative case) her

Alternative forms

  • Becomes l’ before a vowel.
  • Becomes -la when acting as an enclitic.

Related terms


Esperanto

Etymology

Borrowed from French la, Italian la, Spanish la.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /la/
  • Hyphenation: la

Article

la

  1. the
    la librothe book
    la librojthe books
    la angla lingvothe English language
    la angla — (the) English (language) (clipped form)

Alternative forms

  • l' (poetic)

Finnish

Etymology

From lauantai.

Abbreviation

la

  1. lauantai (Saturday)

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /la/
  • Homophones: , las

Etymology 1

From Old French la, from Latin illam, which is the accusative singular feminine of ille.

Article

la f sg

  1. the (definite article).

Pronoun

la

  1. her, it (direct object).
Related terms

Etymology 2

Noun

la m (plural la)

  1. (music) la, the note 'A'.

See also

References

Further reading

  • “la” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Friulian

Etymology

From Latin illa(m).

Article

la f sg (plural lis)

  1. the

See also

  • lis, il

Galician

Etymology 1

Pronoun

la f (accusative)

  1. Alternative form of a (her)
Usage notes

The l- forms of accusative third-person pronouns are used when the preceding word ends in -r or -s, and is suffixed to the preceding word

Related terms
  • a
  • lo
  • na

Etymology 2

Noun

la m (plural las)

  1. (music) la (sixth note of the scale)
  2. (music) A (the musical note or key)
See also
  • (musical notes) nota musical; , re, mi, fa, sol, la, si (Category: gl:Music)

Etymology 3

From Old Portuguese lãa, from Latin lāna.

Noun

la f (uncountable)

  1. wool

Guinea-Bissau Creole

Etymology

From Portuguese . Cognates with Kabuverdianu la.

Adverb

la

  1. there

Haitian Creole

Etymology 1

From French l'art

Noun

la

  1. art

Etymology 2

Article

la

  1. the (definite article)
Usage notes

Use this article only after a word that ends with an oral (non-nasal) vowel and an oral consonant, in that order, and when it modifies a singular noun.

See also
  • a
  • an
  • lan
  • nan
  • yo
  • yon

Hungarian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈlɒ]

Interjection

la

  1. (archaic) used in dialects at the end of an exclamatory sentence as an emphasis
    ott van la! - there it is!
  2. a syllable used when singing a tune without lyrics

Ido

Alternative forms

  • (apocopic form) l'

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /la/

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Esperanto la, from French la, Italian la, Spanish la.

Article

la (plural le)

  1. the

Derived terms

Etymology 2

Borrowed from English la, French la, Italian la, Spanish la, Portuguese , German A, Russian ля (lja).

Noun

la (plural le la or lai)

  1. (music) la

Interlingua

Pronoun

la

  1. (accusative) her
  2. (dative) to her

Istriot

Etymology

From Latin illa(m), feminine of ille.

Article

la f sg (masculine el)

  1. feminine singular definite article the
    • 1877, Antonio Ive, Canti popolari istriani: raccolti a Rovigno, volume 5, Ermanno Loescher, page 29:
      Ti son la manduleîna inzucherada.
      You are the sugared almond.

Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /la/
  • Rhymes: -a

Etymology 1

From Latin illa(m), feminine form of ille.

Article

la f sg (plural le)

  1. the
Usage notes

The article la elides with words that begin with a vowel, becoming l'.

Pronoun

la f sg (plural le, masculine lo)

  1. (accusative) her, it
    • Pasolini
  2. (accusative, formal) you (term of respect)
Alternative forms
  • -la (enclitic)
See also

Etymology 2

Noun

la m (invariable)

  1. (music) la (musical note)
  2. (music) A (musical note and scale)
Derived terms
  • la maggiore
  • la minore

References

Further reading

  • La (nota) on the Italian Wikipedia.Wikipedia it

Anagrams

  • al

Kabuverdianu

Etymology

From Portuguese .

Adverb

la

  1. there

Kilivila

Verb

-la-

  1. to leave, to go
    kula - thou goest
    kulosi - ye go
    bala - I will go

Idioms

  • kusisu, bala

See also

  • -wa-

References


Ladin

Etymology

From Latin illa(m).

Article

la f (singular)

  1. the

Usage notes

  • The article la elides with words that begin with a vowel, becoming l'.

See also

  • l
  • l'
  • i
  • les

Mandarin

Pronunciation

Romanization

la (Zhuyin ˙ㄌㄚ)

  1. Pinyin transcription of
  2. Pinyin transcription of
  3. Pinyin transcription of
  4. Pinyin transcription of 𤷟
  5. Pinyin transcription of 𩋷

la

  1. Nonstandard spelling of .
  2. Nonstandard spelling of .
  3. Nonstandard spelling of .
  4. Nonstandard spelling of .

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Matal

Preposition

la

  1. in
  2. from

References


Michif

Etymology

From French la.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [la]

Article

la f (masculine li, masculine and feminine plural lii)

  1. the

Middle French

Etymology 1

From Old French la.

Article

la f (masculine le, masculine and feminine plural les)

  1. the
Descendants
  • French: la

Etymology 2

From Old French la.

Alternative forms

  • (circa 1550)

Adverb

la

  1. there
Descendants
  • French:

Mirandese

Etymology

From Latin illa(m).

Article

la f (plural las, masculine l, masculine plural ls)

  1. the

Neapolitan

Pronoun

la

  1. Alternative form of 'a

Norman

Etymology

From Old French la, from Latin illa(m).

Pronunciation

Article

la f (plural les)

  1. (Jersey) the (feminine singular definite article)

Coordinate terms

  • (gender)

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology 1

From the verb late

Verb

la (imperative la, present tense lar, simple past lot, past participle latt)

  1. to let
    La sovende hunder ligge. - Let sleeping dogs lie.

Etymology 2

From Old Norse hlaða

Verb

la (imperative la, present tense lar, simple past ladde, past participle ladd)

  1. alternative form of lade

Etymology 3

Verb

la

  1. simple past of legge

References

  • “la” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lɑː/

Etymology 1

From Old Norse láta. Akin to English let.

Alternative forms

  • lata
  • late

Verb

la (present tense lèt or lar, past tense lét or let, past participle late or latt, imperative la)

  1. let, allow

Etymology 2

Verb

la

  1. past tense of leggja, leggje, legga and legge

References

  • “la” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Novial

Pronoun

la

  1. she; her

Related terms

  • las
  • lo
  • le

Occitan

Etymology

From Old Occitan la, from Latin illa(m).

Article

la (masculine lo, feminine plural las, masculine plural los)

  1. the; feminine singular definite article

Old French

Etymology

From Latin illa(m).

Article

la

  1. the (feminine singular oblique definite article)
  2. the (feminine singular nominative definite article)
    • circa 1170, Chrétien de Troyes, Érec et Énide:
      Trop avons fet grant reposee,
      Recomançomes la meslee!
      We have rested too much
      Let's restart the battle! (literally, the mix)

Inflection

Pronoun

la

  1. it (feminine singular object pronoun)

Old Irish

Alternative forms

  • le

Etymology

From a form of Proto-Celtic *letos (side), from which leth.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /la/

Preposition

la (with the accusative)

  1. with
  2. belonging to
    • c. 800, Würzburg Glosses on the Pauline Epistles, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1987, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. I, pp. 499–712, Wb. 6b22

Inflection

Derived terms

Combinations with a definite article:

  • lassin (masculine and feminine singular)
  • lassa (neuter singular)
  • lasna (plural)

Combinations with a possessive determiner:

  • lam (with my)
  • lat (with your sg)
  • lia (with his/her/its/their)
  • liar (with our)

Combinations with a relative pronoun:

  • lassa (with which)

Descendants

  • Irish: le
  • Manx: lesh
  • Scottish Gaelic: le

Further reading

  • “la” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.

Old Occitan

Etymology

From Latin illa(m).

Article

la (masculine lo)

  1. the; feminine singular definite article

Descendants

  • Catalan: la
  • Occitan: la

Portuguese

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lɐ/

Pronoun

la

  1. Alternative form of a (third-person feminine singular objective pronoun) used as an enclitic and mesoclitic following a verb form ending in a consonant (-z, -r and -s, but not -m); the consonant is elided and the preceding vowel takes an accent if necessary

Romanian

Alternative forms

  • ла (Moldavia)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /la/
  • Rhymes: -a

Etymology 1

From Latin illac.

Preposition

la (+accusative)

  1. at
  2. to, towards

Etymology 2

From Latin lavāre, present active infinitive of lavō, from Proto-Indo-European *lewh₃- (to wash).

Alternative forms

  • (Transylvania) lăia

Verb

a la (third-person singular present , past participle lăut1st conj.

  1. (uncommon) to wash (especially the head)
Conjugation
Synonyms
  • se spăla, scălda, îmbăia
Derived terms
  • lăutoare, lăutură
Related terms
  • lături
  • lăun
  • spăla

Samoan

Noun

la

  1. sun

Santa Catarina Albarradas Zapotec

Noun

la

  1. name

References

  • Basic Vocabulary, page 63

Sicilian

Etymology

From Latin illa(m), from ille.

Article

la f sg (plural li)

  1. the

See also


Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /la/

Etymology 1

From Old Spanish ela, from Latin illa(m), feminine singular of ille.

Article

la f sg (masculine el, feminine plural las, masculine plural los)

  1. the

Pronoun

la

  1. Accusative of ella, ello (when the antecedent's implied gender is feminine), and usted (when referring to a woman); her, it, you (formal)
  2. Impersonal neuter pronoun (accusative) in certain colloquial phrases: 'it', 'this'.
    La sabe toda.
    He/she knows everything (it all)
    ¡Dónde la viste!
    Where have you seen this!
    No te la creo.
    I don't believe you.
Usage notes
  • Sometimes used where English would prefer a possessive: "Tengo algo en la bolsa" (literally, I have something in the bag) as opposed to "Tengo algo en mi bolsa". (I have something in my bag).

See also

  • lo
  • saberla
  • pasarla
  • jugársela
  • buscarsela
  • verla

Etymology 2

Noun

la m (plural las)

  1. (music) la (sixth note of the scale)
  2. (music) A (the musical note or key)
See also
  • (musical notes) nota musical; do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si (Category: es:Music)

Swahili

Etymology 1

From Proto-Bantu *-dɪ́a.

Verb

-la (infinitive kula)

  1. to eat
  2. (by extension) to consume, to eradicate
Conjugation
Derived terms
  • Verbal derivations:
    • Applicative: -lia
    • Causative: -lisha
    • Passive: -liwa
    • Stative: -lika (be edible)
  • Nominal derivations:
    • chakula (food)
    • mla

Etymology 2

From Arabic لَا().

Interjection

la

  1. no

See also

  • siyo
  • hapana

Etymology 3

See -a.

Particle

la

  1. Ji class inflected form of -a.

Swedish

Alternative forms

  • lade

Verb

la

  1. past tense of lägga.

Conjunction

la

  1. (dialectal, Gothenburg, Västergötland) Synonym of väl

Tsafiki

Pronoun

la

  1. I; the first-person singular masculine pronoun; the first-person singular pronoun used by adult men

Coordinate terms

  • čiʰké (first-person singular feminine pronoun, first-person singular pronoun used by adult women)
  • če (first-person singular pronoun used by children)
  • čiʰke-lá (first-person plural pronoun)

References

  • The Languages of the Andes (2004, Willem F. H. Adelaar, Pieter C. Muysken)

Vietnamese

Pronunciation

  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [laː˧˧]
  • (Huế) IPA(key): [laː˧˧]
  • (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): [laː˧˧]

Etymology 1

Verb

la (啰, 囉)

  1. to cry, to shout
  2. (Central Vietnam, Southern Vietnam) to reprimand, to scold

Derived terms

Etymology 2

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (“mule”; SV: loa).

Noun

(classifier con) la ()

  1. a horse-donkey hybrid; a mule or a hinny

See also

  • lừa

Walloon

Etymology

From Latin illac.

Adverb

la

  1. there

Synonyms

  • låvå

Antonyms

  • chal, droci

Wolof

Pronoun

la

  1. you (second-person singular object pronoun)

See also


Yatzachi Zapotec

Noun

la

  1. name

Zulu

Etymology

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈlá/

Pronoun

la

  1. these; class 6 proximal demonstrative.

Inflection

References

  • C. M. Doke; B. W. Vilakazi (1972), “la”, in Zulu-English Dictionary, →ISBN: “la (2)”

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