Definitions for balladˈbæl əd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bal•ladˈbæl əd(n.)

  1. a simple song; air.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. a simple narrative poem, esp. of folk origin, composed in short stanzas and adapted for singing.

    Category: Literature

  3. a slow romantic or sentimental popular song.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of ballad:

1350–1400; ME balade < MF < OPr balada dance, dancing-song =bal(ar) to dance (< LL ballāre; see ball2) +-ada -ade1

bal•lad•icbəˈlæd ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballad, lay(noun)

    a narrative song with a recurrent refrain

  2. ballad, lay(noun)

    a narrative poem of popular origin

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ballad(noun)

a simple, often sentimental, song

Older people prefer ballads to pop music.

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