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Definition of fa

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the fourth note of the major scale in solfège

Definition of FA (Entry 2 of 2)

1 field artillery
2 fielding average
3 football association

Examples of fa in a Sentence


do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti

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Disney's new Christmas in July collection has fa-la-la-lots of ornaments, featuring all of your favorite characters from classic Disney hits like Snow White and The Seven Dwarves to a newer Captain Marvel figurine to hang on your tree. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Disney Just Dropped an Entire Christmas Ornament Collection, And I Already Feel the Holiday Spirit," 23 July 2019 The-fa, Taiwan’s Defense Minister, claimed that the Liaoning entered the Taiwan Strait—which is divided between Taiwanese and Chinese waters—after conducting drills in the East China Sea earlier this week. Christina Zhao, Newsweek, "Chinese Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait After President Xi Threatens 'Punishment'," 21 Mar. 2018 That's $1 million worth of gift cards and a lot of fa-la-la-la-lattes. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Starbucks will hand out 1,000 free gift cards on Monument Circle this week," 18 Dec. 2017 Here is how a lowered tax impacts Cleveland before FA begins based on a projected $140m in payroll. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Latest NBA rumors on Cavaliers, Kristaps Porzingis, LaMarcus Aldridge and more: NBA Draft Day," 22 June 2017 The Duke of Cambridge is more of a figurehead as FA president than anything else; since 1939, the role has been filled by a member of the British royal family. Matt Bonesteel, chicagotribune.com, "Prince William, David Cameron made cameos in the FIFA corruption report," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of fa


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fa


Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from the syllable sung to this note in a medieval hymn to St. John the Baptist

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English Language Learners Definition of fa

music : the fourth note of a musical scale


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Kids Definition of fa

: the fourth note of the musical scale

Medical Definition of FA

fatty acid

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