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

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Examples of ballad in a Sentence

a ballad about King Arthur a haunting ballad about lost love and loneliness
Recent Examples on the Web Nelly and Kelly Rowland could turn infidelity into a chart-topping ballad. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 12 June 2022 And the closing title track, a lovely ballad about blocking out the noise and surrendering to love, ends the record on a hopeful and uplifting note. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 2 May 2022 Rather than belting out a ballad for Mother Nature, though, the 52-year-old singer and songwriter tended to the Earth — quite literally. Rebecca Norris, Good Housekeeping, 30 Apr. 2022 There’s nothing like a good Gloria Trevi pop ballad that allows her powerful vocals to shine. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 28 Apr. 2022 Or warp a traditional Cuban ballad known as a bolero using an obscure Soulja Boy sample? New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 There was a video of the boys rolling the tractor across a dusty concrete backyard as Bumaryam ran in and out of the shot, all of it soundtracked by a sentimental ballad. John Beck, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 The first track, a ballad, was originally recorded when Selena was 13, Quintanilla said. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Mar. 2022 The trio — Solo Tres — sings a heartsick Mexican ballad of love and loss. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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