rat·​a·​plan ˈra-tə-ˌplan How to pronounce rataplan (audio)
: the iterative sound of beating
a rolling rataplan of drumsTime

Word History


French, of imitative origin

First Known Use

circa 1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rataplan was circa 1848

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“Rataplan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rataplan. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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