Definitions for balladˈbæl əd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballad, lay(noun)

    a narrative song with a recurrent refrain

  2. ballad, lay(noun)

    a narrative poem of popular origin


  1. ballad(Noun)

    A long song or poem that tells a story.

    The poet composed a ballad praising the heroic exploits of the fallen commander.

  2. ballad(Noun)

    A slow romantic pop song.

    On Friday nights, the roller rink had a time-block called "Lovers' Lap" when they played nothing but ballads on the overhead speakers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ballad(noun)

    a popular kind of narrative poem, adapted for recitation or singing; as, the ballad of Chevy Chase; esp., a sentimental or romantic poem in short stanzas

  2. Ballad(verb)

    to make or sing ballads

  3. Ballad(verb)

    to make mention of in ballads


  1. Ballad

    A ballad is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music. Ballads derive from the medieval French chanson balladée or ballade, which were originally "dancing songs". Ballads were particularly characteristic of the popular poetry and song of the British Isles from the later medieval period until the 19th century and used extensively across Europe and later the Americas, Australia and North Africa. Many ballads were written and sold as single sheet broadsides. The form was often used by poets and composers from the 18th century onwards to produce lyrical ballads. In the later 19th century it took on the meaning of a slow form of popular love song and the term is now often used as synonymous with any love song, particularly the pop or rock power ballad.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ballad

    a story in verse, composed with spirit, generally of patriotic interest, and sung originally to the harp.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ellen Brooks:

    This was a pop ballad song done by female singers, so as far as the song choice goes, it's really interesting, it sort of sums up Elvis, pre-fame.

  2. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Farewell address, quoted on "We Interrupt This Broadcast" CD-ROM:

    And now, like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career, and just fade old soldier who tried to do his duty, as God gave him the light to see that duty. Good-bye.

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