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Allan-a-Dale

or Alan-a-Dale

[al-uh n-uh-deyl] /ˌæl ən əˈdeɪl/
noun
1.
(in English balladry) a member of Robin Hood's band who carried off his sweetheart just before she was to be forced into marriage with an aged knight.
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  • "Allan-a-Dale and Fennel shall go with you, dear heart," said Robin.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • He asked of my 'house and my home,' as they did of Allan-a-Dale.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • The target was now cleared for the next two contestants—Geoffrey and Allan-a-Dale.

    Robin Hood J. Walker McSpadden
  • This was to convey a letter to Marian, and to discover how Allan-a-Dale and his little wife were faring.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • Allan-a-Dale could pick a pocket or cut a purse, accomplishments in which I am altogether deficient.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • Allan-a-Dale also escorted Mistress Dale on horseback, for she was to be matron-of-honor at the wedding.

    Robin Hood J. Walker McSpadden
  • "It is impossible that Allan-a-Dale can have thus treated a man of your reverend bearing," replied the Captain.

    Ivanhoe Walter Scott
  • Then he again asked the important question, to which Allan-a-Dale's answer was so unreasonable and so successful.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • All listened while the minstrel touched his harp, and the beautiful voice of Allan-a-Dale sang the plaintive old ballad Islington.

    A Book of Bryn Mawr Stories Marian T. MacIntosh
  • Allan-a-Dale has become a gentleman, and Friar Tuck laid down the quarter-staff, if he has not taken up the breviary.

British Dictionary definitions for Allan-a-Dale

Allan-a-Dale

/ˌælənəˈdeɪl/
noun
1.
(in English balladry) a member of Robin Hood's band who saved his sweetheart from an enforced marriage and married her himself
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