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ballad British & World English

A 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

ballad metre British & World English

another term for common metre.

ballad-monger British & World English

A composer or seller of ballads

ballad opera British & World English

A theatrical entertainment popular in early 18th-century England, taking the form of a satirical play interspersed with traditional or operatic songs. The best-known example is John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera (1728)

ballad stanza British & World English

A four-line stanza in iambic meter in which the first and third unrhymed lines have four metrical feet and the second and fourth rhyming lines have three metrical feet

ballad English Thesaurus

a ballad sung in the pubs of Ireland

ballad English-Spanish

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