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Definitions and meaning of ala

ala

Etymology 1

Originated 1730–40, borrowed from Latin āla (wing). Doublet of aisle.

Noun

ala (plural alae or alæ)

  1. (zoology) A wing or winglike structure.
  2. (anatomy) A winglike anatomical process or part, especially of bone.
  3. (botany) The flattened border of some stems, fruits, and seeds, or one of the two side petals of certain flowers in the pea family.
  4. (architecture) In ancient Rome, a small room opening into a larger room or courtyard.

References

  • ala on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • “ala” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, →ISBN.
  • “ala” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.

Etymology 2

Borrowed from French à la, by way of its English derivation a la.

Preposition

ala

  1. (colloquial) Alternative form of a la
    • 2006, WorstPreviews.com, Film review:
      The film is told in reverse ala Memento.
    • 2008, Film Threat, Film review:
      [] interactive plasma screens with flashing digits and what not, ala “Minority Report,” []
    • 2011, The Washington Post’s blog The Fix, Politics article:
      [] we might be getting to the point where Palin is a bona fide liability - ala Pelosi - for the GOP.
    • 2011, The Huffington Post, Business article:
      [] the NYSE didn't implode ala Merrill []

References

  • “ala” examples at Wordnik

Anagrams

  • AAL, aal

Asturian

Etymology

From Latin āla (wing).

Noun

ala f (plural ales)

  1. wing
  2. fin
    Synonym: aleta

Azerbaijani

Etymology

From Proto-Turkic *āla.

Adjective

ala (comparative daha ala, superlative ən ala)

  1. variegated

Derived terms

  • alagöz
  • alagözlü

References


Basque

Conjunction

ala

  1. or (exclusive)

Related terms

  • edo

Catalan

Etymology

From Old Occitan, from Latin āla (wing).

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central) IPA(key): /ˈa.lə/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈa.la/
  • Homophone: hala

Noun

ala f (plural ales)

  1. wing (appendage that enables flight)

Derived terms

  • aleta
  • aletejar

Related terms

  • alar

Further reading

  • “ala” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “ala” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “ala” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “ala” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

Chickasaw

Verb

ala

  1. to be born
    Synonym: atta

Estonian

Etymology

From Proto-Finnic *ala.

Noun

ala (genitive ala, partitive ala)

  1. area, territory, region
  2. (in working life, in sciences) field
  3. (business) branch

Declension


Faroese

Etymology

From Old Norse ala, from Proto-Germanic *alaną (to nourish, grow), from Proto-Indo-European *al- (to grow).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛaːla/
  • Rhymes: -ɛaːla
  • Homophones: æla, ælað

Verb

ala (third person singular past indicative ól, third person plural past indicative ólu, supine alið)

  1. (kvæði) to give birth to
  2. to foster
  3. to nourish
  4. to breed

Conjugation


Finnish

(index al)

Etymology 1

From Proto-Finnic *ala, from Proto-Uralic *ëla.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɑlɑ/, [ˈɑlɑ]
  • Rhymes: -ɑlɑ
  • Syllabification: a‧la

Noun

ala

  1. area, field, domain (one's field of expertise or activity)
  2. (in working life, in sciences) field, discipline
  3. industry, sector, branch (business, studies, etc.)
  4. (mathematics) area
    Synonym: pinta-ala

Declension

Derived terms

Etymology 2

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɑlɑˣ/, [ˈɑlɑ(ʔ)]
  • Rhymes: -ɑlɑ
  • Syllabification: a‧la

Verb

ala

  1. Indicative present connegative form of alkaa.
  2. Second-person singular imperative present form of alkaa.
  3. Second-person singular imperative present connegative form of alkaa.

Galician

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin āla. Compare the inherited á.

Noun

ala f (plural alas)

  1. wing
    Synonym: á

Further reading

  • “ala” in Dicionario da Real Academia Galega, Royal Galician Academy.

Hawaiian

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *hala, from Proto-Oceanic *jalan, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *zalan, from Proto-Austronesian *zalan.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈa.la/, [ˈɐlə]

Noun

ala

  1. way, path, road

Derived terms

  • alaloa
  • alanui
  • alawai

References

  • “ala” in the Hawaiian Dictionary, Revised and Enlarged Edition, University of Hawaii Press, 1986

Hoyahoya

Noun

ala

  1. grandfather

References

  • Philip Carr, Hoyahoya organised phonology data (2006)

Icelandic

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈaːla/
  • Rhymes: -aːla

Etymology 1

From Old Norse ala, from Proto-Germanic *alaną (to nourish, grow), from Proto-Indo-European *al- (to grow).

Verb

ala (strong verb, third-person singular past indicative ól, third-person plural past indicative ólu, supine alið)

  1. (with accusative) to bear, give birth to
  2. (with accusative) to foster
  3. (with accusative) to feed, nourish
Conjugation
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Noun

ala

  1. indefinite genitive plural of alur

Indonesian

Etymology 1

From French à la.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈala]
  • Hyphenation: ala

Preposition

a la

  1. (colloquial) a la, in the style or manner of.

Etymology 2

From Arabic عَلَى(ʿalā).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈala]
  • Hyphenation: ala

Preposition

a la

  1. on, over.
    Synonyms: atas, pada, kepada, akan

Noun

a la

  1. unproductive land with the owner or descendants still have the main rights in that land.

Etymology 3

From Arabic أَعْلَى(ʾaʿlā).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈala]
  • Hyphenation: ala

Adjective

a la

  1. high.
    Synonym: tinggi

Further reading

  • “ala” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.

Irish

Etymology

From Middle Irish athlad

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈalˠə/

Noun

ala

  1. Only used in phrases; see Derived terms below

Derived terms

  • ar ala na huaire (on the spur of the moment; within a second)
  • gach ala (every now and then)

Further reading

  • "ala" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.

Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈala]

Etymology 1

From Latin āla.

Noun

ala f (plural ali, poetic ale)

  1. wing
    Synonym: alia (archaic, slang)
Related terms

Etymology 2

Verb

ala

  1. third-person singular present indicative of alare
  2. second-person singular imperative of alare

Jarai

Etymology

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *hulaR, from Proto-Austronesian *SulaR

Noun

ala (classifier drơi)

  1. snake

Kurdish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɑːˈlɑː/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː

Noun

ala f

  1. flag (piece of cloth)

Ladin

Etymology

a +‎ la

Contraction

ala

  1. at or to the (+ feminine singular noun)

Latin

Etymology

For earlier *axla, from axis, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱs- (axis).

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈaː.la/, [ˈaː.ɫ̪a]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈa.la/, [ˈaː.la]

Noun

āla f (genitive ālae); first declension

  1. wing (as of a bird)
  2. armpit
  3. the hollow where a limb joins the trunk of an animal or tree
  4. (architecture) wings off the main room, side porches, waiting areas
  5. (military) wing of an army, cavalry force (usually deployed on an army's flank)

Declension

First-declension noun.

Derived terms

Descendants

Noun

ālā f

  1. ablative singular of āla

References

  • ala in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ala in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ala in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ala in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • ala in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ala in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

Latvian

Etymology

The usual theory considers ala to be borrowed from Middle Low German hol (depth, hole, cave), or maybe from the same form in Middle Dutch or German Low German (East Frisian); cf. German Höhle (cave).

A different view suggests that ala could also reflex of an old Proto-Indo-European stem *h₁el-, *ol-, *al- (to flow, to drain) with various Baltic reflexes: dialectal alots, alogs, standard avots ((water) source), alksna, aluksna (miry, swampy place) (cf. place names like Alūksne, Alūkstes), Lithuanian alė́ti (to flow, to drip). The original meaning of ala would thus have been “(water) source”, from which “place (e.g., cave, rift, pit) from which water springs” and finally simply “cave,” possibly under the influence of the aforementioned Germanic words.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ala]

Noun

ala f (4th declension)

  1. cave (space or cavity formed underground, especially between rocks, or in the face of a cliff or hillside)
  2. burrow, hole, lair, den (the dwelling of some animals, in the form of a cavity with one or many exits)

Declension

Derived terms

  • alu cilvēks

See also

  • speleoloģija

References


Malagasy

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈa.la/, [ˈa.lə̥]

Etymology 1

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *halas, from Proto-Austronesian *Salas. Cognate with Balinese ᬳᬮᬲ᭄ (alas), Javanese ꦲꦭꦱ꧀ (alas).

Noun

ala

  1. forest

Etymology 2

From Proto-Austronesian *alaq (fetch; get; take)

Adverb

ala

  1. without; freed from; removed from

Malay

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes:

Preposition

ala

  1. like
  2. according to
  3. on

References

  • "ala" in Kamus Dewan, Fourth Edition, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, →ISBN, 2005.
  • “ala” in Pusat Rujukan Persuratan Melayu | Malay Literary Reference Centre, Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 2017.

Mirandese

Noun

ala f (plural alas)

  1. wing
  2. (nautical) sail

North Wahgi

Noun

ala

  1. mistake

References

  • Heather and Don Mc Lean, North Wahgi (Yu We) Organised Phonology Data (2005), p. 2

Northern Ndebele

Verb

-ála

  1. to refuse

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Northern Sami

Etymology

From Proto-Samic *ëlëk.

Pronunciation

  • (Kautokeino) IPA(key): /ˈala/

Adverb

ala

  1. over
  2. on, on top

Derived terms

  • alcces-, alcce-, allas- (locative stems of ieš (self))

Postposition

ala

  1. over
  2. on, onto, on top of

Further reading

  • Koponen, Eino; Ruppel, Klaas; Aapala, Kirsti, editors (2002-2008) Álgu database: Etymological database of the Saami languages[1], Helsinki: Research Institute for the Languages of Finland

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

From Old Norse ala, from Proto-Germanic *alaną, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂életi.

Alternative forms

  • ale (e infinitive)

Verb

ala (present tense aler or el, past tense alte or ol, past participle alt or ale, present participle alande, imperative al)

  1. to foster

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Noun

ala

  1. definite plural of al

References

  • “ala” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Occitan

Etymology

From Latin āla.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [alo̞]

Noun

ala f (plural alas)

  1. wing

Old High German

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *ēlō. Cognates include Old English æl and Old Norse alr.

Noun

āla f

  1. awl

Descendants

  • German: Ahle

Old Norse

Etymology 1

From Proto-Germanic *alaną (to nourish, grow), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂életi, from *h₂el- (to raise, feed, nourish). Cognate with Old English alan and Latin alō.

Verb

ala (singular present indicative elr, singular past indicative ól, plural past indicative ólu, past participle alinn)

  1. to produce
  2. to testify
  3. to breed
  4. to nourish
Conjugation
Descendants
  • Icelandic: ala
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: ala
  • Norwegian Bokmål: ale
  • Old Swedish: ala
  • Old Danish: alæ
  • Westrobothnian: äl, ala

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Noun

ala

  1. indefinite genitive plural of alr

References

  • ala in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press

Old Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈa.la]

Etymology 1

From Latin āla.

Noun

ala f (plural alas)

  1. wing (limb)
    • c. 1200, Almeric, Fazienda de Ultramar, f. 67v. a.
      la ṕmera ſemeiaua leon e auie alas de aguila ueye q́ meſauan ſus alas e cayen atierra e ſobre ſos piedes como oḿe se leuátaua
      The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I saw its wings torn off and fall to the ground so that it stood on its feet like a man.
Descendants
  • Ladino: ala (Latin spelling)
  • Spanish: ala

Etymology 2

A contraction of a (to, toward, in, at) + la (the); the feminine singular definite article.

Contraction

ala (plural alas)

  1. (followed by a singular feminine noun) to the, toward the
    • c1200, Almeric, Fazienda de Ultramar, f. 2v. b.
      Loth ouo miedo de ſeer en segor esubio alas mótánas có sus. ij. fijas. estido é una cueua có sus. ij. fijas. edixo la maior ala menor. nŕo padre es uyeio eno nos podremos caſar. com es derecho.
      Loth was afriad to stay in Zoar, so he moved to the mountains with his two daughters. There he lived in a cave with his two daughters; then older [daughter] said to the younger: "Our father is old, and [here] we cannot marry as is the custom."
  2. (followed by a singular feminine noun) in the, at the
    • c1200, Almeric, Fazienda de Ultramar, f. 2v. a.
      eſtos angeles có q́ fablo abraã. vinieron a ſodoma e loth ſedia ala puerta de la cibdat. e violos & leuátos cótra ellõ.
      These angels to whom Abraham spoke came to Sodom, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. And he saw them and got up to meet them.
Related terms
  • al

Papiamentu

Alternative forms

  • hala (alternative spelling)

Etymology

From Portuguese ala and Spanish ala.

Noun

ala

  1. wing

Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin āla. Compare the inherited doublet á.

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ˈa.lɐ/
  • Hyphenation: a‧la

Noun

ala f (plural alas)

  1. section, wing

Pukapukan

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *hala, from Proto-Oceanic *jalan, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *zalan, from Proto-Austronesian *zalan.

Noun

ala

  1. path, way, lane, track

Derived terms

Further reading

  • Te Pukamuna | Pukapuka Dictionary

Rade

Etymology

From Proto-Chamic *ʔular, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *hulaʀ, from Proto-Austronesian *Sulaʀ.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /alaa/, [ʔəlaa]

Noun

ala

  1. snake

Romansch

Alternative forms

  • ela (Puter)

Etymology

From Latin āla.

Noun

ala f (plural alas)

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Surmiran, Vallader) wing

Serbo-Croatian

Adverb

àla (Cyrillic spelling а̀ла)

  1. (used for emphasis, or as an intensifier) expression of awe, surprise, dismay, etc.

Noun

ala f (Cyrillic spelling ала)

  1. dragon
    Synonym: hala
  2. type of mythical creature similar to dragon

Related terms


Southern Ndebele

Verb

-ála

  1. to refuse

Inflection

This noun needs an inflection-table template.


Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈala/
  • Homophone: hala

Etymology 1

From Old Spanish ala (compare Ladino ala), from Latin āla.

Noun

ala f (plural alas)

  1. wing (of bird)
  2. wing (of aircraft)
  3. brim (of hat)
  4. (military) flank (of a formation)
  5. (sports) wing (part of the field)
  6. (sports) winger
Usage notes
  • The feminine noun ala is like other feminine nouns starting with a stressed a sound in that it takes the definite article el (normally reserved for masculine nouns) in the singular when there is no intervening adjective:
el ala
  • However, if an adjective, even one that begins with a stressed a sound such as alta or ancha, intervenes between the article and the noun, the article reverts to la.
Derived terms
Related terms

Etymology 2

Interjection

ala

  1. Alternative spelling of hala

Further reading

  • “ala” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.

Sranan Tongo

Pronoun

ala

  1. everything

Swahili

Etymology

Borrowed from Arabic آلَة(ʾāla, instrument, tool).

Noun

ala (n class, plural ala)

  1. tool, instrument
    Synonym: kifaa
  2. sheath, scabbard

Swazi

Verb

-ála

  1. to refuse

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Turkish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɑˈɫɑ/
  • Hyphenation: a‧la

Adjective

ala (comparative daha ala, superlative en ala)

  1. multicolored, pied, variegated
  2. Clipping of alabalık (trout).

Veps

Etymology

Related to Finnish älä.

Verb

ala

  1. second-person singular imperative of ei
  2. do not

Westrobothnian

Noun

ala m

  1. Harness strap; the strap pulled through the shaft and wherein the harness peg is inserted.

Usage notes

If instead an iron hasp is used, it is called al-ösp f.

References


Xhosa

Verb

-âla

  1. to refuse

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Yámana

Verb

ala

  1. drink

Zulu

Etymology

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Verb

-âla

  1. to deny, refuse, decline
  2. to forbid
  3. to reject
  4. to refuse give [+ na- (object)]
  5. to hate, detest

Inflection

Derived terms

  • -alela (applicative)
  • -alisa (causative)
  • -alayala (diminutive)
  • -alisisa (intensive)
  • -aleka (neuter-passive)
  • -aliwa (passive)
  • -alana (reciprocal)

References

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

Source: wiktionary.org
  • in biology, any flat winglike projection.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)