from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- interj. Used to express sorrow, regret, grief, compassion, or apprehension of danger or evil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. Used to express sorrow, regret, compassion or grief.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- interj. An exclamation expressive of sorrow, pity, or apprehension of evil; -- in old writers, sometimes followed by day or white; alas the day, like alack a day, or alas the white.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An exclamation expressive of sorrow, grief, pity, concern, or apprehension of evil: in old writers sometimes followed by the day or the while: as, alas the day, alas the while. See alackaday.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. by bad luck
Middle English, from Old French a las, helas, ah (I am) miserable, from Latin lassus, weary; see lē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French a las (French hélas), from a ("ah") + las, from Latin lassus ("weary"). (Wiktionary)