Definition of ballad
balladicplay \bə-ˈla-dik, ba-\ adjective
Examples of ballad in a Sentence
a ballad about King Arthur
a haunting ballad about lost love and loneliness
Recent Examples of ballad from the Web
The ballad was co-written with Macklemore collaborator Ryan Lewis and is still credited to Luke’s Kemosabe Records (which he was recently ousted from by Sony).
But for all her historical influence, Vaughan’s trilling vibrato and fulsome, romantic ballad style often sound old-fashioned to listeners today.
There, the T-Tops were always off, the power ballads played on a loop and the biscuits took the doughnuts to family court to fight for the right to visit their flaky little bundles of joy.
Under the musical direction of Jeremy Ramey, four vocalists revive Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel's eminently dramatic ballads and drinking songs against the backdrop of a crumbling 1959 Amsterdam.
Starting with the Commodores, Richie blended smooth soul, a country tinge, mellow disco and easy-listening radio pop ballads.
His dad, local attorney Dan Aldridge, gave him a head start on advanced listening like John Prine, taught him about working a crowd and occasionally gets invited onstage with The Proponents to belt out a soul ballad.
Blackwaterside is known for its varied approach to traditional Scottish and Irish ballads, alternating lively, upbeat tunes with lyrical and haunting instrumentation.
The Romantic poets loved Kosciuszko, penning ballads and odes about his exploits.
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Origin and Etymology 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: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
BALLAD Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of ballad for Students
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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