Ballad meaning

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A romantic or sentimental song with the same melody for each stanza.
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A slow, sentimental popular song, esp. a love song.
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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 popular song especially of a romantic or sentimental nature.
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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 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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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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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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French ballade, from Old Provençal ballada (“poem for a dance”), from Late Latin ballare.

    From Wiktionary