[ fah-lah ]
/ fɑˈlɑ /


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


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Words nearby fa-la

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


fal la

/ (fɑːˈlɑː) /


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