a sound of or as of the beating of a drum.

verb (used without object), rat·a·planned, rat·a·plan·ning.

to produce such a sound.

Origin of rataplan

1840–50; < French; imitative
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a drumming sound

Word Origin for rataplan

from French, of imitative origin
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