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Allan-a-Dale

or Al·an-a-Dale

[al-uh n-uh-deyl]
noun
  1. (in English balladry) a member of Robin Hood's band who carried off his sweetheart just before she was to be forced into marriage with an aged knight.
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Examples from the Web for allan-a-dale

Historical Examples

  • "Allan-a-Dale and Fennel shall go with you, dear heart," said Robin.

    Robin Hood

    Paul Creswick

  • He asked of my 'house and my home,' as they did of Allan-a-Dale.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope

  • The target was now cleared for the next two contestants—Geoffrey and Allan-a-Dale.

    Robin Hood

    J. Walker McSpadden

  • Allan-a-Dale has become a gentleman, and Friar Tuck laid down the quarter-staff, if he has not taken up the breviary.

  • This was to convey a letter to Marian, and to discover how Allan-a-Dale and his little wife were faring.

    Robin Hood

    Paul Creswick


British Dictionary definitions for allan-a-dale

Allan-a-Dale

noun
  1. (in English balladry) a member of Robin Hood's band who saved his sweetheart from an enforced marriage and married her himself
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