Origin of alasMiddle English from Old French a las, helas from a-, he-, ah + las, wretched from Classical Latin lassus, weary
An example of alas is someone saying they wish they'd known about an event before rsvp'ing for another, such as "Alas, I wish I would have known about the event because I have already agreed to go somewhere else."
Origin of alasMiddle English from Old French a las, helas ah (I am) miserable from Latin lassus weary ; see lē- in Indo-European roots.
(plural alases or alasses)
From Yakut алаас (alaas).
- Alas, I couldn't keep her long as I wished.
- Alas, woman and child have missed their opportunity to share our company.
- But, alas, the danger was too great and I am a cautious man.
- When Lucien pressed him to "dare," he replied "Alas, I have dared only too much already."
- "Alas. I think I've got plans," she replied with an exaggerated sigh.