- The definition of alas is to express unhappiness, sorrow or regret.
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 ; from a-, he-, ah + las, wretched ; from Classical Latin lassus, weary
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).