noun bal·lad \ˈba-ləd\

: a slow popular song that is typically about love

: a kind of poem or song that tells a story (such as a story about a famous person from history)

Full Definition of BALLAD

a :  a narrative composition in rhythmic verse suitable for singing
b :  an art song accompanying a traditional ballad
:  a simple song :  air
:  a popular song; especially :  a slow romantic or sentimental song
bal·lad·ic \bə-ˈla-dik, ba-\ adjective

Examples of BALLAD

  1. a ballad about King Arthur
  2. <a haunting ballad about lost love and loneliness>

Origin of BALLAD

Middle English balade ballade, song, from Middle French, from Old Occitan balada dance, song sung while dancing, from balar to dance, from Late Latin ballare
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue
BALLADIC Defined for Kids


noun bal·lad \ˈba-ləd\

Definition of BALLAD for Kids

:  a short poem suitable for singing that tells a story in simple language
:  a simple song
:  a slow usually romantic song


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