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