ballad

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noun bal·lad \ˈba-ləd\

Definition of ballad

  1. 1a :  a narrative composition in rhythmic verse suitable for singing a ballad about King Arthurb :  an art song accompanying a traditional ballad

  2. 2 :  a simple song :  air

  3. 3 :  a popular song; especially :  a slow romantic or sentimental song a ballad they danced to at their wedding reception

balladic

play \bə-ˈla-dik, ba-\ adjective

Examples of ballad in a sentence

  1. a ballad about King Arthur

  2. a haunting ballad about lost love and loneliness

Origin and Etymology of ballad

Middle English balade ballade, song, from Medieval French, from Old Occitan balada dance, song sung while dancing, from balar to dance, from Late Latin ballare


First Known Use: 15th century


BALLAD Defined for English Language Learners

ballad

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noun bal·lad \ˈba-ləd\

Definition of ballad for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

ballad

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noun bal·lad \ˈba-ləd\

Definition of ballad for Students

  1. 1 :  a short poem suitable for singing that tells a story in simple language

  2. 2 :  a simple song

  3. 3 :  a slow usually romantic song



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