fa la

\ fä-ˈlä How to pronounce fa la (audio) \

Definition of fa la

: a 16th and 17th century part-song

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Society's rule for celebrating Christmas is that you're allowed to break out your fa la la's and start decking the halls once Thanksgiving has officially ended—but where's the fun in that? Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Christmas Never Ends At This Holiday-Themed Airbnb," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fa la

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fa la

fa-la, meaningless syllables often occurring in its refrain

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