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 Romantic poets loved Kosciuszko, penning ballads and odes about his exploits.
If this ballad doesn't bring a tear to your eye, then may God have mercy on your cold dead soul.
The ballad, which The Hollywood Reporter debuts exclusively, is from the new musical in which LuPone and Christine Ebersole star as rival makeup titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively.
There's always room for at least one ballad to become a Song of the Summer.
The ballad became the fourth No. 1 from her debut album.
Kid Music Ballads for the Age of Science series of albums –
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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 century
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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