fa-la

[fah-lah]

noun

a text or refrain in old songs.
a type of part song or madrigal popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Nearby words

  1. fa,
  2. fa cup,
  3. fa ngum,
  4. fa xian,
  5. fa-hsien,
  6. faa,
  7. faan,
  8. fab,
  9. fab fragment,
  10. fabaceous

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

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