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[buh-lah-tuh] /bəˈlɑ tə/
noun, plural ballate
[buh-lah-tey] /bəˈlɑ teɪ/ (Show IPA)
a 14th-century Italian verse form composed of stanzas beginning and ending with a refrain, often set to music and accompanied by dancing.
Origin of ballata
1755-65; < Italian < Old Provençal balada ballad Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The same lady is more directly celebrated in the next ballata, where Poliziano calls her by her name, Ippolita.

  • The ballata has come down to us from our forefathers, and we must respect it as an ancient custom.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • The ballata or Canzone a Ballo, as its name implies, was a poem intended to be sung during the dance.

  • Nevertheless, out of respect for the ballata, nobody said a word to them.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • Rossetti's translation of the ripresa and second stanza of the ballata Perch'i' no spero di tornar giammai.

    The Story of Florence Edmund G. Gardner
  • There are also choral passages which suggest the existence of the frottola, the carnival song and the ballata.

    Some Forerunners of Italian Opera William James Henderson
  • The ballata and the estampida were dance-songs, but very few examples survive.

    The Troubadours H.J. Chaytor
  • The third was probably intended to continue this subject, and the fourth was destined to the laws of the ballata and sonetto.

  • In one ballata he describes a country girl, caught by thorns, and unable to avoid her admirer's glance.

  • But soon, taking up her ballata afresh, she proceeded with still greater vehemence.

    Columba Prosper Merimee

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