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ballade

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noun bal·lade \bə-ˈläd, ba-\

Definition of ballade

  1. 1 :  a fixed verse form consisting usually of three stanzas with recurrent rhymes, an envoi, and an identical refrain for each part

  2. 2 :  a musical composition usually for piano suggesting the epic ballad



Origin of ballade

Middle English balade, from Middle French, ballad, ballade


First Known Use: 14th century


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