ala

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Originated 1730–40 from Latin āla (wing).

Noun[edit]

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[edit]

  • Wikipedia-logo.png Ala on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • ala” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • ala” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Preposition[edit]

ala

  1. (colloquial) Alternative form of a la

References[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin āla (wing).

Noun[edit]

ala f (plural ales)

  1. wing
  2. fin

Synonyms[edit]


Catalan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin āla (wing).

Noun[edit]

ala f (plural ales)

  1. wing

Chickasaw[edit]

Verb[edit]

ala

  1. To be born

Synonyms[edit]


Estonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finnic *ala.

Noun[edit]

ala (genitive ala, partitive ala)

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

Declension[edit]

This noun needs an inflection-table template.


Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

at 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[edit]


Finnish[edit]

(index al)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Finnic *ala.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ala

  1. area of work or study
  2. (in working life, in sciences) field
  3. branch or sector (of business, studies, etc.)
Declension[edit]
Inflection of ala (Kotus type 9/kala, no gradation)
nominative ala alat
genitive alan alojen
partitive alaa aloja
illative alaan aloihin
singular plural
nominative ala alat
accusative nom.? ala alat
gen. alan
genitive alan alojen
alainrare
partitive alaa aloja
inessive alassa aloissa
elative alasta aloista
illative alaan aloihin
adessive alalla aloilla
ablative alalta aloilta
allative alalleˣ aloilleˣ
essive alana aloina
translative alaksi aloiksi
instructive aloin
abessive alatta aloitta
comitative aloineen
Compounds[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: a‧la
  • IPA(key): [ˈɑlɑ(ʔ)]

Verb[edit]

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[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin āla.

Noun[edit]

ala f (plural alas)

  1. wing

Synonyms[edit]


Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *sala, from Proto-Oceanic *salan, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *zalan, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *zalan, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *zalan, from Proto-Austronesian *zalan.

Noun[edit]

ala

  1. way

Icelandic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

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

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

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

ala

  1. indefinite genitive plural of alur

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin āla.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ala f (plural ali, poetic ale)

  1. wing

Synonyms[edit]

  • alia (archaic, slang)

Related terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

ala

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

Jarai[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

(classifier drơi) ala

  1. snake

Kurdish[edit]

ala

Noun[edit]

ala f

  1. flag (piece of cloth)


This Kurdish entry was created from the translations listed at flag. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see ala in the Kurdish Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008


Ladin[edit]

Contraction[edit]

ala

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

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contracted form of axilla (> *axila > *axla), diminutive form of axis, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱs- (axis).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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)
  6. vocative singular of āla

ālā f

  1. ablative singular of āla

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative āla ālae
genitive ālae ālārum
dative ālae ālīs
accusative ālam ālās
ablative ālā ālīs
vocative āla ālae

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]


Latvian[edit]

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 Ala on Latvian Wikipedia

Wikipedia lv

Ala (1)
Trušu ala (2)

Etymology[edit]

The usual theory considers ala to be a borrowing 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); note, however, that this Germanic word is masculine, from which a feminine a-stem borrowing into Latvian would seem unlikely. A different view suggests that ala could also reflex an old Proto-Indo-European stem *el-, *ol-, *al- “to flow, to drain” with various Baltic reflexes: dialectal Latvian alots, alogs (standarad avots) “(water) source,” alksna, aluksna “miry, swampy place” (cf. placenames 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.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

ala f (4th declension)

  1. cave (space or cavity formed underground, especially between rocks, or in the face of a cliff or hillside)
    klinšu alas — rock caves
    pazemes ala — subterranean cave
    alu labirinticave labyrinths
    alu cilvēkscaveman
    alu zīmējumicave drawings, paintings
    Abhāzijā atrodas ala, kuras labirinti ir vairāk nekā trīs kilometrus gari — in Abkhazia there is a cave with labyrinths longer than three kilometers
  2. burrow, hole, lair, den (the dwelling of some animals, in the form of a cavity with one or many exits)
    peles, lapsas alas — mice, fox holes
    āpšu, trušu alas — badger, rabbit holes, burrows
    rakt alu — to dig a hole, burrow
    nekā sevišķa tur neredzēja, izņemot nelielu caurumu zemē... likās tā kā kurmja ala — there was nothing special to see there, except a small whole on the ground... it seemed to be a molehill (lit. hole)

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “ala” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7

Malay[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

ala

  1. like
  2. according to
  3. on

Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

āla f

  1. awl

Descendants[edit]


Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

ala

  1. to produce
  2. to testify
  3. to breed
  4. to nourish

Conjugation[edit]

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Old Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin āla.

Noun[edit]

ala f (plural alas)

  1. wing (limb)
    • c1200: 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[edit]
  • Ladino: ala (Latin spelling)
  • Spanish: ala

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Contraction[edit]

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[edit]

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin āla.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ala f (plural alas)

  1. section, wing

Rade[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ala

  1. snake

Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin āla.

Noun[edit]

ala f (plural alas)

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

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Noun[edit]

ala f (Cyrillic spelling ала)

  1. dragon
  2. type of mythical creature similar to dragon

Synonyms[edit]

Related terms[edit]


Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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[edit]

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 intervenes between the article and the noun, the article reverts to la.

Related terms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]


Sranan Tongo[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ala

  1. everything

Swahili[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic آلَة (ʾāla, instrument, tool).

Noun[edit]

ala (n class, plural ala)

  1. tool

Turkish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

ala (comparative daha ala, superlative en ala)

  1. multicolored
  2. short for alabalık (trout)