ballad

noun
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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Other Words from ballad

balladic \ bə-​ˈla-​dik How to pronounce balladic (audio) , ba-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for ballad

Synonyms

ditty, jingle, lay, lyric, song, vocal

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Examples of ballad in a Sentence

a ballad about King Arthur a haunting ballad about lost love and loneliness

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The quick snippet shows LaMont and Mike snapping and belting out an old '70s ballad from their patrol car. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Sang With Police Officers at Her Concert and the Response Was So Powerful," 23 Feb. 2019 The record blends joyful, dance-y pop with wrenching indie ballads, displaying a newfound maturity in the now-24-year-old Nesbitt's songwriting. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Nina Nesbitt Opens Up About Being Dropped from Her Label at 20—And How It Helped Her Find Her Real Voice," 1 Feb. 2019 Her wrenching ballad performances and suave renditions of bossa nova standards earned her glowing reviews, increasingly prestigious bookings and the admiration of her colleagues. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "Rebecca Parris, Jazz Singer, Is Dead at 66," 22 June 2018 Brown opened the show seated in a chair, performing pop ballads, and then brought up the Councilman Atkins and Mayor White. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "MLK was dead. Cities were burning. Could James Brown keep Boston from erupting, too?," 5 Apr. 2018 This breakup ballad leaves you feeling empowered and ready to move on with the fierceness and dignity that only Queen Bey can inspire. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "55 Best Sad Breakup Songs for the Newly Single," 1 Feb. 2018 These ballads are for boyfriends and husbands worth keeping around. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The 50 Best Country Love Songs We Could Listen to Forever and Ever, Amen," 6 Nov. 2018 And indeed, that is what ballads are: musical folk tales, handed down over generations. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an old West folk tale, with a signature Coen brothers twist," 15 Oct. 2018 As Ally's music stardom rises, a record executive swoops in and revamps her entire image, dyeing her hair and swapping her soulful ballads for generic dance-pop. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Star Is Born," 5 Oct. 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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ballad

noun

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)

ballad

noun
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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