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Definition of the noun tra-la-la

What does tra-la-la mean as a name of something?


  1. a set of nonsensical syllables used while humming a refrain
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of tra-la-la: tra-la
    • more generic words: chorus / refrain = the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers


Tra-la-la is a song composed by George Gershwin for the 1922 Broadway show For Goodness Sake. It was more famously performed in the 1951 American film An American in Paris by Gene Kelly and Oscar Levant. In An American in Paris, it was listed as Tra-la-la.

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Google previewThe Song and the Truth (2007)

by Helga Ruebsamen

Tra-la-la is a song too.

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang (2003)

by Eric Partridge

tra-la-la ! Good-bye!: c.p.—slightly contemptuous and not too polite—of ca 1830–90. Ware, 'The phrase took its rise with a comic singer named Henri Clarke, whose speciality was imitating Parisians.

Google previewA Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Gypsies' Jargon and Other Irregular Phraseology (1897)

by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland

Tra-la-la (popular), the wealthiest and most extravagant class of dissipated men. The "bucks of the very first water " — the music- ...

Google previewCassell's Dictionary of Slang (2005)

by Jonathon Green

tra-la-la phr. [late 19C- 1900s] goodbye. tra la las n. [late 19C] 'one of the wealthiest and most ...

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Quotes about Tra-la-la

'good morning ma'am
good morning bird
good morning cat
good morning dog
good morning clouds
good morning sun'

and then they all sing
and dance the

tra-la-la tra-la-la-la

beautiful joyous morning here. (Ric S. Bastasa)
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