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Definitions for Ballad
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a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
a narrative poem of popular origin
A long song or poem that tells a story.
The poet composed a ballad praising the heroic exploits of the fallen commander.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: balade, Fr.
Ballad once signified a solemn and sacred song, as well as trivial, when Solomon’s Song was called the ballad of ballads; but now it is applied to nothing but trifling verse. Isaac Watts.
An’ I have not ballads made on you all, and sung to filthy tunes, may a cup of sack be my poison. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.
Like the sweet ballad, this amusing lay
Too long detains the lover on his way. John Gay, Trivia.
To make or sing ballads.
Etymology: from the noun.
Will catch at us like strumpets, and scall’d rhimers
Ballad us out o’ tune. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.
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 "dance songs". Ballads were particularly characteristic of the popular poetry and song of Britain and Ireland from the Late Middle Ages until the 19th century. They were widely used across Europe, and later in Australia, North Africa, North America and South America. While ballads have no prescribed structure and may vary in their number of lines and stanzas, many ballads employ quatrains with ABCB or ABAB rhyme schemes, the key being a rhymed second and fourth line. Contrary to a popular misconception, it is rare if not unheard-of for a ballad to contain exactly 13 lines. Additionally, couplets rarely appear in ballads. 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, the term took on the meaning of a slow form of popular love song and is often used for any love song, particularly the sentimental ballad of pop or rock music, although the term is also associated with the concept of a stylized storytelling song or poem, particularly when used as a title for other media such as a film.
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
to make or sing ballads
to make mention of in ballads
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bal′lad, n. a simple spirited narrative poem in short stanzas of two or four lines, in which a story is told in straightforward verse, often with great elaborateness and detail in incident, but always with graphic simplicity and force—a sort of minor epic: a simple song, usually of a romantic or sentimental nature, in two or more verses, each sung to the same melody, as in the so-called Ballad Concerts: any popular song, often scurrilous.—ns. Bal′ladist, a writer or singer of ballads; Bal′lad-monger, a dealer in ballads. [Fr. ballade, from ballare, to dance, being orig. a song sung to the rhythmic movement of a dancing chorus—a dramatic poem sung or acted in the dance, of which a shadow survives in the ring-songs of our children.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a story in verse, composed with spirit, generally of patriotic interest, and sung originally to the harp.
Etymology and Origins
The numerical value of Ballad in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Ballad in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of Ballad in a Sentence
But I think beautiful is simple and elegant, like a ballad with simple harmony.
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 away...an old soldier who tried to do his duty, as God gave him the light to see that duty. Good-bye.
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.
During the 'ballad' years for me, the politics was latent; I was just falling in love with the ballads and my boyfriend. And there was the beauty of the songs.
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- 歌謡, バラード, 民謡Japanese
- 민요, 民謠Korean
- баллада, романсRussian
- 民歌, dân caVietnamese
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