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balladen. [See Ballad, n.].
     A form of French versification, sometimes imitated in English, in which three or four rhymes recur through three stanzas of eight or ten lines each, the stanzas concluding with a refrain, and the whole poem with an envoy.  [1913 Webster]


ballade, n.
1 a poem of one or more triplets of stanzas with a repeated refrain and an envoy.
2 Mus. a short lyrical piece, esp. for piano.

earlier spelling and pronunc. of BALLAD

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