nonsense syllables sung as a refrain, expressing gaiety.
- Also tra-la-la [trah-lah-lah] /ˈtrɑ lɑˈlɑ/ .
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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
a set of nonsensical syllables used in humming music, esp for a melody or refrain
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