: a 16th and 17th century part-song

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But the fa la la's on you! Breanne L. Heldman, PEOPLE.com, 23 Oct. 2021 Ann Clark alphabet cookie cutters) to spell holiday messages such as fa la la, joy, or the initials of recipients. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 21 Dec. 2022 If that won’t do, venture outside for some fa la la la laaaaas. Essence, 18 Nov. 2021 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, 28 Aug. 2019

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Word History


fa-la, meaningless syllables often occurring in its refrain

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fa la was in 1597

Dictionary Entries Near fa la

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“Fa la.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fa%20la. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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