Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A trumpet or horn fanfare.
  • n. A sound resembling such a fanfare.
  • n. A hunting cry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a flourish on a trumpet

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A blast on a trumpet or horn.

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Imitative. (Wiktionary)

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  • "A sax drawls tantaras (all A-flats and an A-sharp): fa-la-la-la-la."
    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 15

    May 20, 2010