Pronunciation: (bu-läd', ba-; Fr. ba-lad'), [key]
—pl. -ladesPronunciation: (-lädz'; Fr. -lad'). [key]
1. 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.
2. Music.a composition in free style and romantic mood, often for solo piano or for orchestra.
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