Definition of alas exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

alas

 exclamation
exclamation
BrE BrE//əˈlæs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlæs//
 
(old use or literary)
 
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used to show you are sad or sorry For many people, alas, hunger is part of everyday life. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French a las, a lasse, from a ‘ah’ + las(se) (from Latin lassus ‘weary’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: alas