1 of 2


: the fourth note of the major scale in solfège


2 of 2


field artillery
fielding average
football association

Example Sentences

Noun do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti
Recent Examples on the Web
Things like tofu fa pudding with ginger syrup, sweet potato and ginger soup, and steamed egg custard. Mabel Wong, Journal Sentinel, 13 Dec. 2022 Maximum winds near the center of In-fa are forecast to approach 120 mph (195 kph) in the region by Thursday night, when the storm may reach peak intensity. Jackson Dill And Shawn Deng, CNN, 20 July 2021 In June, Typhoon In-fa and Typhoon Cempaka brought extreme rain of more than 150mm per hour to China's Henan province, breaking a record in the city of Zhengzhou. Kara Fox, CNN, 29 Nov. 2021 And behind In-fa, there is a tropical threat for northern and central parts of Japan, which could potentially impact the Olympic Games by early next week. Jackson Dill, CNN, 22 July 2021 The moisture associated with this rain can be connected to both Typhoons Cempaka and In-fa, despite being hundreds of miles from this part of China. Jackson Dill And Shawn Deng, CNN, 20 July 2021 And those of you with campers or boats will be thrilled to know that the Typhoon's towing rating is-fa dah!-O pounds. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, 19 May 2020 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, 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, 21 Mar. 2018 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fa.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History



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

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fa was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near fa

Cite this Entry

“Fa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fa. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the fourth note of the musical scale

Medical Definition


fatty acid
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?