from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music The sixth tone of the diatonic scale in solfeggio.
- interj. Used to express emphasis or indicate surprise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A syllable used in solfège to represent the sixth note of a major scale.
- interj. Used to introduce a statement with emphatic or intensive effect.
- interj. Expressing surprise, anger etc.
- adj. Prefixed to the name of a woman, with ironic effect (as though an opera prima donna).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A syllable applied to the sixth tone of the scale in music in solmization.
- n. The tone A; -- so called among the French and Italians.
- interj. Look; see; behold; -- sometimes followed by you.
- interj. An exclamation of surprise; -- commonly followed by me
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An expression of mild admiration, wonder, or surprise, and formerly of asseveration: as, O la! that is strange.
- n. In solmization, the syllable used for the sixth tone of the scale—that is, the submediant.
- n. The feminine form of the definite article in French, occurring in some names and phrases used in English.
- n. In chem., the symbol for lanthanum.
- n. A contraction of Louisiana.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state in southern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
- n. a white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily; occurs in rare earth minerals and is usually classified as a rare earth
- n. the syllable naming the sixth (submediant) note of a major or minor scale in solmization
Middle English, from Medieval Latin; see gamut.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally as the first syllable of Latin labii. (Wiktionary)
Old English lā. (Wiktionary)
From French la, Italian la. (Wiktionary)