ballad stanza

noun

Definition of ballad stanza

: a stanza consisting of four lines with the first and third lines unrhymed iambic tetrameters and the second and fourth lines rhymed iambic trimeters

First Known Use of ballad stanza

1778, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ballad stanza

Statistics for ballad stanza

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ballad stanza

The first known use of ballad stanza was in 1778

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on ballad stanza

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about ballad stanza

Comments on ballad stanza

What made you want to look up ballad stanza? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a usually brief trip or an expedition

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!