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  1. (international standards) ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code for Laos.
    Synonym: LAO (alpha-3)




LA (plural LAs)

  1. (anatomy, medicine) Initialism of left atrium.
  2. (inorganic chemistry) Initialism of lead arsenate.
  3. (pharmacology) Initialism of local anesthetic.
  4. Initialism of lateral area.
  5. Initialism of local authority.

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  1. Initialism of Los Angeles, a city in the United States.
    • 1957, Jack Kerouac, chapter 13, in On the Road, Penguin, published 1976, →OCLC, part 1, page 86:
      LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; New York gets god-awful cold in the winter but there’s a feeling of wacky comradeship somewhere in some streets. LA is a jungle.
    • 2005 May 1, Robert Lamoreaux, Michelle Lamoreaux, Nicole Demerse, Jef Biederman, Richard Clark, “Evil Promotion Much?”, in Totally Spies!: Undercover, season 3, episode 24, spoken by Clover (Andrea Baker), Marathon Media, via Teletoon:
      Speaking as an LA native, this is the longest earthquake I’ve ever felt!
  2. Abbreviation of Louisiana, a state of the United States.
  3. (humorous) Abbreviation of Lower Arkansas, also in reference to the state of Louisiana.
  4. Abbreviation of Lampung, a province of Indonesia.
  5. Initialism of Las Anod, a city in Somalia.
  6. Initialism of Linear A.

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