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fa-la

[fah-lah]
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noun
  1. a text or refrain in old songs.
  2. a type of part song or madrigal popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Also fal la.

Origin of fa-la

First recorded in 1585–95; special use of fa la, meaningless sound sequence found in old popular refrains
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British Dictionary definitions for fa-la

fa-la

fal la

noun
  1. (esp in 16th-century songs) a refrain sung to the syllables fa-la-la
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