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la f. (Definite Article) "the"

From Latin illa "that." Old Latin olla. From Proto-Italic *olna 'id.' From Proto-Indo-European *h2ol-na- "that." From the root *h2el- "that." See also ella.

Romance: Western Vulgar Latin: Asturian la, Portuguese la, Catalan la, French la, Italian la; Eastern Vulgar Latin: Romanian aia>