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ballade Syllabification: bal·lade
Pronunciation: /bəˈläd/

Definition of ballade in English:


1A poem normally composed of three stanzas and an envoi. The last line of the opening stanza is used as a refrain, and the same rhymes, strictly limited in number, recur throughout.
Example sentences
  • We are still writing sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, even pantoums and triolets, ballades and rondels, as well as inventing ‘nonce’ forms to suit our uses.
  • As if to defy the Depression, newspapers put a premium on cleverness, challenging readers with ballades and triolets, rhyming versions of operas, travelogues in verse.
  • There were ballades, chants royal, kyrielles, sestinas, triolets, villanelles, and virelais to play with, and poets of varying merit had a go.
2A short, lyrical piece of music, especially one for piano.
Example sentences
  • Gone are the days of programming a Bach prelude & fugue, a Beethoven sonata, a Chopin ballade and then ending with the Prokofiev Toccata.
  • His arias became more expressive in the 1840s, but he also continued to use popular song types such as barcarolles, ballades, and chansons.
  • His handling of the larger pieces, especially those where narrative played the predominant role, such as the ballades, was inconsistent.


Late Middle English: earlier spelling and pronunciation of ballad.

Words that rhyme with ballade

Assad, aubade, avant-garde, backyard, bard, Bernard, bombard, canard, card, charade, chard, couvade, croustade, Cunard, facade, glissade, guard, hard, ill-starred, interlard, lard, Montagnard, nard, pard, petard, pomade, promenade, regard, rodomontade, roulade, saccade, Sade, salade, sard, shard, unmarred, unscarred, yard
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