[ trah-lah ]

  1. nonsense syllables sung as a refrain, expressing gaiety.

Origin of tra-la

First recorded in 1815–25
  • Also tra-la-la [trah-lah-lah] /ˈtrɑ lɑˈlɑ/ .

Words Nearby tra-la Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use tra-la in a sentence

  • "tra-la, tra-la-la-la-la," chirped he, softly and contentedly.

    The Diamond Coterie | Lawrence L. Lynch
  • It'll be tra-la-la for yours, if last night's a fair sample uh what yuh expect to do with the blue roan.

    The Happy Family | Bertha Muzzy Bower
  • tra-la-la-la-la-la—he could hear a woman's voice singing scales inside, the same thing over and over again.

    Dry Fish and Wet | Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
  • And off he goes to supper, singing “tra-la-la, lambkins, we must live!”

    The Browning Cyclopdia | Edward Berdoe
  • The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la,” Eleanor returned saucily, “have nothing to do with the case.

    Turn About Eleanor | Ethel M. Kelley

British Dictionary definitions for tra-la


tra-la-la (ˌtrɑːlɑːˈlɑː)

/ (ˌtrɑːˈlɑː) /

  1. a set of nonsensical syllables used in humming music, esp for a melody or refrain

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