ballata

[ buh-lah-tuh ]
/ bəˈlɑ tə /

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.

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Origin of ballata

1755–65; <Italian <Old Provençal baladaballad
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