tala

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noun (1)

ta·​la ˈtä-lə How to pronounce tala (audio)
: one of the ancient traditional rhythmic patterns of South Asian music compare raga

tala

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noun (2)

ta·​la ˈtä-lə How to pronounce tala (audio)
-(ˌ)lä
plural tala or talas
the basic monetary unit of Samoa see Money Table

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Sanskrit tāla, literally, hand-clapping

Noun (2)

Samoan, from English dollar

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1891, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tala was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Tala.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tala. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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