ballad

noun
bal·​lad | \ ˈba-ləd How to pronounce ballad (audio) \

Definition of ballad

1a : a narrative composition in rhythmic verse suitable for singing a ballad about King Arthur
b : an art song accompanying a traditional ballad
2 : a simple song : air
3 : a popular song especially : a slow romantic or sentimental song a ballad they danced to at their wedding reception

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Other Words from ballad

balladic \ bə-​ˈla-​dik How to pronounce balladic (audio) , ba-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for ballad

Synonyms

ditty, jingle, lay, lyric, song, vocal

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Examples of ballad in a Sentence

a ballad about King Arthur a haunting ballad about lost love and loneliness

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The trio with a badass female lead singer/guitarist can go from poppy punk to grunge to haunting ballads. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire Editors Tell You Their Favorite Things You Probably Missed in 2018," 31 Dec. 2018 Brooks & Dunn gave us boot-scootin' party tracks, while a strong set of female singers (Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, and Martina McBride, just to name a few) belted out powerful ballads about love and loss. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "50 Country Songs Everyone Who Grew Up in the ’90s Will Appreciate," 6 Nov. 2018 Under music director Nicholas Kaminski the mix of electronic music and ballads in this sung-through musical still holds up. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "Exuberant 'Superstar' at Surflight Theatre," 27 June 2018 Apparently, stripped down ballads was the way to go at tonight’s Grammys. cleveland.com, "Grammys 2018: Grading performances by Bruno Mars, Cardi B & more," 29 Jan. 2018 At the time, Funkadelic was basically a psychedelic-rock band that took apart soul ballads, and its heavy, sprawling jams felt like an endurance test. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How George Clinton Made Funk a World View," 9 July 2017 The quick snippet shows LaMont and Mike snapping and belting out an old '70s ballad from their patrol car. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Sang With Police Officers at Her Concert and the Response Was So Powerful," 23 Feb. 2019 The record blends joyful, dance-y pop with wrenching indie ballads, displaying a newfound maturity in the now-24-year-old Nesbitt's songwriting. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Nina Nesbitt Opens Up About Being Dropped from Her Label at 20—And How It Helped Her Find Her Real Voice," 1 Feb. 2019 Her wrenching ballad performances and suave renditions of bossa nova standards earned her glowing reviews, increasingly prestigious bookings and the admiration of her colleagues. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "Rebecca Parris, Jazz Singer, Is Dead at 66," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of ballad

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for 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

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ballad

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ballad

: 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)

ballad

noun
bal·​lad | \ ˈba-ləd How to pronounce ballad (audio) \

Kids Definition of ballad

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

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