Definition of ballad in English:
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.
- 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.
2A slow sentimental or romantic song.
- 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.
- Example sentences
- Last year Eller, a riveting balladist, opened for the Rolling Stones in Rio.
- After the First World War he returned to Egypt and turned from a court bard to a versatile balladist.
- Through the ages, perhaps no other Arab balladist has been quoted more than this desert bard.
Words that rhyme with balladsalad
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