Ballad definitions

băl'əd
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."

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A narrative poem, often of folk origin and intended to be sung, consisting of simple stanzas and usually having a refrain.
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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.

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The music for such a poem.
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A romantic or sentimental song with the same melody for each stanza.
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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.
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A slow, sentimental popular song, esp. a love song.
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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.

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(intransitive) To compose or sing ballads.
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A popular song especially of a romantic or sentimental nature.
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Origin of ballad

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 ball2