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ballade

[ buh-lahd, ba-; French ba-lad ]
/ bəˈlɑd, bæ-; French baˈlad /
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noun, plural bal·lades [buh-lahdz, ba-; French ba-lad]. /bəˈlɑdz, bæ-; French baˈlad/.
a poem consisting 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.
Music. a composition in free style and romantic mood, often for solo piano or for orchestra.
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Origin of ballade

1485–95; <Middle French, variant of baladeballad
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British Dictionary definitions for ballade

ballade
/ (bæˈlɑːd, French balad) /

noun
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
music an instrumental composition, esp for piano, based on or intended to evoke a narrative
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