[ al-uhn-uh-deyl ]
/ ˌæl ən əˈdeɪl /
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(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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How to use Allan-a-Dale in a sentence
Within the next few days came Allan-a-Dale into Barnesdale with his lady and her two maids.Robin Hood|Paul Creswick
Allan-a-Dale could pick a pocket or cut a purse, accomplishments in which I am altogether deficient.
Then he again asked the important question, to which Allan-a-Dale's answer was so unreasonable and so successful.
All listened while the minstrel touched his harp, and the beautiful voice of Allan-a-Dale sang the plaintive old ballad Islington.A Book of Bryn Mawr Stories|Marian T. MacIntosh
"It is impossible that Allan-a-Dale can have thus treated a man of your reverend bearing," replied the Captain.Ivanhoe|Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for Allan-a-Dale
/ (ˌælənəˈdeɪl) /
(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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