noun Music.

the syllable used for the fourth tone of a diatonic scale.
(in the fixed system of solmization) the tone F.Compare sol-fa(def 1).

Origin of fa

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at gamut



the twentieth letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of

From Arabic
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Examples from the Web for fa

Contemporary Examples of fa

Historical Examples of fa

  • It's a world of trouble we're travellin' through, Fa'well, my dyin' friends.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Do'ee knaw who thicky maid wos that you zeed in Fa'muth 'esterday?

    The Birthright

    Joseph Hocking

  • He that fa's in a gutter, the langer he lies the dirtier he is.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • There's nae hawk flees sae high but he will fa' to some lure.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • They're like the grices, if ye kittle their wame they fa' on their backs.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

British Dictionary definitions for fa



music a variant spelling of fah


abbreviation for

military field artillery
(in Britain) Football AssociationSee also FA Cup
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Word Origin and History for fa

fourth note in Guidonian scale; see gamut.

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