- 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."
- 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 of balladMiddle 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
- 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 of balladMiddle 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.
- A kind of narrative poem, adapted for recitation or singing; especially, a sentimental or romantic poem in short stanzas.
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present ballads, present participle ballading, simple past and past participle balladed)
- (intransitive) To compose or sing ballads.