• WordNet 3.6
    • n rataplan the sound made by beating a drum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rataplan rȧ`tȧ`pläN" The iterative sound of beating a drum, or of a galloping horse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rataplan The sound or music of the military drum; a tattoo or “rub-a-dub.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rataplan rat-a-plong′ the sound or rattle of the military drum, a tattoo.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; imit.


In literature:

Rataplan never will catch him if only he keeps on his pins; Now!
"The Man from Snowy River" by Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
At that moment a little drummer appeared by the flagstaff, and beat a lively rataplan.
"The Red Acorn" by John McElroy
Then she laughed, and drummed the rataplan again with her brass heel.
"Under Two Flags" by Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
Not the best suited for little Mabsy; but she'll catch at the Rataplan.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
Of course, I sprang from Rataplan's back and ordered the groom to lead him back into the stables.
"The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Associated Words: reveille, rappel, chamade, ruff, tattoo, ruffle, roll, rataplan, drummer, drumhead, drumstick.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
He tried for him at the Collingwood, the Cosmopolitan, the Rataplan, and finally at the Chateau.
"The Cab of the Sleeping Horse" by John Reed Scott
Again the machine-guns beat their replying rataplan.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
The first furious stampede had settled into a rapid trot, to a sound like the sound of a hundred muffled drums beating a rataplan.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
Birdcatcher begat, besides Saunterer (1854), the Baron (1842), sire of Stockwell (1849) and of Rataplan (1850).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various