Meaning of tra la in English:

tra la

Pronunciation /trɑːˈlɑː/


mainly ironic
  • Expressing joy or gaiety.

    ‘off to his life, kids, and wife, tra la’
    • ‘It's the little things, the little things, the little things, tra la.’
    • ‘Not your ‘arms in the air, getting drunk tra la la’ stuff.’
    • ‘And, tra la la la la, I'm having lunch with her and dinner with him.’
    • ‘I like all the costumes and decorations and tra la la fun… but… trick or treating.’
    • ‘No more wondering whether to come out, to whom, how to phrase it, what their reaction would be, tra la la all that is over and done with.’


Early 19th century imitative of a fanfare or of the refrain of a song.