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  1. a text or refrain in old songs.
  2. a type of part song or madrigal popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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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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Examples from the Web for falas

Historical Examples of falas

  • The twelve oars of the falas began to strike the water in time with a gentle splash, like the arms of one stretching.

    The Marquis of Pealta (Marta y Mara)

    Armando Palacio Valds

  • Tiam, pro la fortaj ventoj, ĝi falas de la branĉoj al la tero.

British Dictionary definitions for falas


fal la

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