Definition of ballad in English:

ballad

Syllabification: bal·lad
Pronunciation: /ˈbaləd
 
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noun

1A poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas. Traditional ballads are typically of unknown authorship, having been passed on orally from one generation to the next as part of the folk culture.
More example sentences
  • Accentual verse has continued to flourish, however, in a wide range of popular songs, hymns, ballads, and nursery rhymes.
  • He cherished some lovely old books containing the folk songs and traditional ballads of our land.
  • With a traditional ballad you may notice the rhyme scheme or alliteration.
Synonyms
song, folk song, chantey, ditty, canzone; poem, tale, saga
1.1A slow sentimental or romantic song.
More example sentences
  • Despite a hugely prolific career, Cole is now best known for a handful of over-played sentimental ballads.
  • A slow, romantic ballad drifted into the air and the crowd turned to look at them.
  • He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock and even gospel.

Origin

late 15th century (denoting a light, simple song): from Old French balade, from Provençal balada 'dance, song to dance to', from balar 'to dance', from late Latin ballare (see ball2). The sense 'narrative poem' dates from the mid 18th century.

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