- (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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Historical Examples of allan-a-dale
"Allan-a-Dale and Fennel shall go with you, dear heart," said Robin.
He asked of my 'house and my home,' as they did of Allan-a-Dale.Ayala's Angel
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.
- (in English balladry) a member of Robin Hood's band who saved his sweetheart from an enforced marriage and married her himself