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 balladic (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 At the very end of the clip, the two engaged in some sweet PDA while slow dancing to the romantic ballad. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 28 June 2020 Lily James absolutely nails this ballad about taking it slow and being gentle with someone’s heart. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Here we go again...we ranked every musical number in the Mamma Mia movies," 11 June 2020 Carradine sang the ballad in his role as Tom Frank. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Test Your Oscar IQ: 25 Fun Facts About Oscar-Winning Songs," 30 Jan. 2020 The duo released the romantic ballad back in December 2019, and most recently, performed an acoustic version for the ACM Presents: Our Country special. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Released a New 'Nobody But You' Video and It's Super Intimate," 28 Apr. 2020 The ballad of gratitude praises those on the frontline for making her feel fearless. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pandemic anthem? An Alicia Keys ballad for essential workers.," 24 Apr. 2020 Choir members were first sent music for the pop ballad as well as an instrumental track. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Hospital's employee choir creates uplifting virtual performance during coronavirus pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 The snowy story about sisters powered by power ballads is infectious, and Disney hasn’t messed too much with the formula. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "Frozen II doesn’t make waves, but keeps the franchise on track," 22 Nov. 2019 The Celine Dion-worthy power ballad title song from the forthcoming worked well enough as an over- the-top anthem of feminist solidarity. Dan Deluca,, "Carrie Underwood opens the new Hard Rock on comeback weekend in Atlantic City," 30 June 2018

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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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5 Jul 2020

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“Ballad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ballad

: 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)


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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