- The definition of a ballad is poem or song with more than two stanzas that is usually about a romantic or sentimental topic.
An example of a ballad is "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" or "God Bless the Child."
ballad definition by Webster's New World
- a romantic or sentimental song with the same melody for each stanza
- a song or poem that tells a story in short stanzas and simple words, with repetition, refrain, etc.: most old ballads are of unknown authorship and have been handed down orally in more than one version
- a slow, sentimental popular song, esp. a love song
Origin: Middle English balad ; from Old French ballade, dancing song ; from Old ProvenÃ§al ballada, (poem for a) dance ; from balar, to dance ; from Late Latin ballare: see ball
ballad definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A narrative poem, often of folk origin and intended to be sung, consisting of simple stanzas and usually having a refrain.b. The music for such a poem.
- A popular song especially of a romantic or sentimental nature.
Origin: Middle English balade, poem or song in stanza form, from Old French ballade, from Old Provençal balada, song sung while dancing, from balar, to dance, from Late Latin ballāre, to dance; see ball2.
- bal·ladˈic adjective
ballad - Cultural Definition
A simple narrative song, or, alternatively, a narrative poem suitable for singing. (See under “Conventions of Written English.”)
A simple narrative song, or a narrative poem suitable for singing. The ballad usually has a short stanza, such as:There are twelve months in all the year, As I hear many men say, But the merriest month in all the year Is the merry month of May.