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la1

[lah] /lɑ/
noun, Music.
1.
the syllable used for the sixth tone of a diatonic scale.
2.
(in the fixed system of solmization) the tone A.
Compare sol-fa (def 1).
Origin of la1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see gamut

la2

[law, lah] /lɔ, lɑ/
interjection, Archaic or Dialect
1.
(used as an exclamation of wonder, surprise, etc.):
La, sir, how you do go on!
Origin
before 1150; Middle English, Old English; weak variant of lo1

LA

1.
Louisiana (approved especially for use with zip code).

La

Symbol, Chemistry
1.

La.

1.

L.A.

1.
Latin America.
2.
Law Agent.
3.
Library Association.
4.
Local Agent.
5.
Los Angeles.
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Examples from the Web for la
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  • Rollo, to whom la Giralda had given the key, stooped to fit it into the keyhole.

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • Magnificent was the day, indeed, and sorely did la Malne tempt us to a halt.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • "Two days hence I have an appointment with la Peyrade," said Cerizet.

    The Lesser Bourgeoisie Honore de Balzac
  • la Bresse is still a rich commune by reason of its forests and industries.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • A steaming plate of spaghetti a la Italien was before him, to his left a large bowl of salad, to his right a bottle of red wine.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for la

la1

/lɑː/
noun
1.
(music) a variant spelling of lah

la2

/lɔː/
interjection
1.
an exclamation of surprise or emphasis
Word Origin
Old English lo

la3

abbreviation
1.
Lao People's Democratic Republic

La

Chemical symbol
1.
lanthanum

LA

abbreviation
1.
Legislative Assembly
2.
Library Association
3.
local agent
4.
Los Angeles
5.
Louisiana

La.

abbreviation
1.
Louisiana
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Word Origin and History for la

musical note (sixth note of the diatonic scale), early 14c., see gamut. It represents the initial syllable of Latin labii "of the lips."

L.A.

abbreviation for Los Angeles, attested from 1949.

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la in Medicine

La
The symbol for the element lanthanum.

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la in Science
La  
The symbol for lanthanum.
lanthanum
  (lān'thə-nəm)   
Symbol La
A soft, malleable, silvery-white metallic element of the lanthanide series. It is used to make glass for lenses and lights for movie and television studios. Atomic number 57; atomic weight 138.91; melting point 920°C; boiling point 3,469°C; specific gravity 5.98 to 6.186; valence 3. See Periodic Table.
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la in Technology

networking
The country code for Laos.
(1999-01-27)

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Related Abbreviations for la

la

Latin

La

lanthanum

LA

1.
Latin America
2.
Legislative Assembly
3.
linoleic acid
4.
Local Agent
5.
Los Angeles
6.
Los Angeles Dodgers
7.
Louisiana

La.

Louisiana
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