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 (bə-läd′, bă-)
1. A verse form usually consisting of three stanzas of eight or ten lines each along with a brief envoy, with all three stanzas and the envoy ending in the same one-line refrain.
2. Music A composition, usually for the piano, having the romantic or dramatic quality of a narrative poem.

[Middle English balade; see ballad.]


(bæˈlɑːd; French balad)
1. (Poetry) prosody a verse form consisting of three stanzas and an envoy, all ending with the same line. The first three stanzas commonly have eight or ten lines each and the same rhyme scheme
2. (Classical Music) music an instrumental composition, esp for piano, based on or intended to evoke a narrative


(bəˈlɑd, bæ-)

1. a poem commonly of three stanzas having an identical rhyme scheme, followed by an envoy, and having the same last line for each of the stanzas and the envoy.
2. a romantic musical composition.
[1485–95; < Middle French, variant of balade ballad]


- A verse or poem made up of three stanzas of equal length with a recurrent line or refrain at the end of each of the stanzas.
See also related terms for refrain.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ballade - a poem consisting of 3 stanzas and an envoyballade - a poem consisting of 3 stanzas and an envoy
poem, verse form - a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines


[bæˈlɑːd] N (Mus) → balada f
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