noun, plural bal·la·te [buh-lah-tey] /bəˈlɑ teɪ/.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ballata

Historical Examples of ballata

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


    Prosper Merimee

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


    Prosper Merimee

  • 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 third was probably intended to continue this subject, and the fourth was destined to the laws of the ballata and sonetto.

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


    Prosper Merimee