The definition of a ballad is poem or song with more than two stanzas that is usually about a romantic or sentimental topic.(noun)
An example of a ballad is "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" or "God Bless the Child."
See ballad in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME balad < OFr ballade, dancing song < OProv ballada, (poem for a) dance < balar, to dance < LL ballare: see ball
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Origin: Middle English balade, poem or song in stanza form
Origin: , from Old French ballade
Origin: , from Old Provençal balada, song sung while dancing
Origin: , from balar, to dance
Origin: , from Late Latin ballāre, to dance; see ball2.
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