- (used as an exclamation to express sorrow, grief, pity, concern, or apprehension of evil.)
- I sustain the wings: motto of the U.S. Air Force.
- unfortunately; regrettablythere were, alas, none left
- an exclamation of grief, compassion, or alarm
mid-13c., from Old French ha, las (later French hélas), from ha “ah” + las “unfortunate,” originally “tired, weary,” from Latin lassus “weary” (see late). At first an expression of weariness rather than woe.