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bal·lad

 (băl′əd)
n.
1.
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.
2. A popular song especially of a romantic or sentimental nature.

[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·lad′ic (bə-lăd′ĭk, bă-) adj.

ballad

(ˈbæləd)
n
1. (Music, other) a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
2. (Poetry) a narrative poem in short stanzas of popular origin, originally sung to a repeated tune
3. (Pop Music) a slow sentimental song, esp a pop song
[C15: from Old French balade, from Old Provençal balada song accompanying a dance, from balar to dance, from Late Latin ballāre; see ball2]

bal•lad

(ˈbæl əd)

n.
1. a simple song; air.
2. a simple narrative poem, esp. of folk origin, composed in short stanzas and adapted for singing.
3. a slow romantic or sentimental popular song.
[1350–1400; Middle English balade < Middle French < Old Provençal balada dance, dancing-song =bal(ar) to dance (< Late Latin ballāre; see ball2) + -ada -ade1]
bal•lad•ic (bəˈlæd ɪk) adj.

ballad

1. A narrative poem in short stanzas, often of folk origin and intended to be sung.
2. A narrative song, or piece in similar style.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ballad - a narrative song with a recurrent refrainballad - a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
song, vocal - a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
minstrelsy - ballads sung by minstrels
2.ballad - a narrative poem of popular originballad - a narrative poem of popular origin  
poem, verse form - a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
Edda - either of two distinct works in Old Icelandic dating from the late 13th century and consisting of 34 mythological and heroic ballads composed between 800 and 1200; the primary source for Scandinavian mythology

ballad

noun song, saga, ditty, folk song, canzone one of the most beautiful ballads he ever wrote
Translations
قَصيدَةٌ قَصَصِيَّةٌ شعبيّة غِنائِيّه
baladapísnička
balladefolkevise
balladi
ballada
ballaîa
baladėsentimentali daina
balāde
populárna sentimentálna pieseň

ballad

[ˈbæləd] Nbalada f; (Spanish) → romance m, corrido m (Mex)

ballad

[ˈbæləd] n (= song) → ballade f

ballad

n (Mus, Liter) → Ballade f

ballad

[ˈbæləd] nballata

ballad

(ˈbӕləd) noun
a simple, often sentimental, song. Older people prefer ballads to pop music.
References in classic literature ?
Of quite another style is the ballad of Sir Patrick Spens.
And so it comes about that many of the ballads have an out-of-door feeling about them.
So many people learned and repeated the ballads, and for three hundred years they were the chief literature of the people.
The people for whom the ballads were made could not read and could not write; so it was of little use to write them down, and for a long time they were not written down.
These early ballads of the Chinese differ in feeling from almost all the ballad literature of the world.
And so he went on with the ballad as far as the lines:
Don Quixote was firmly persuaded that this was the Marquis of Mantua, his uncle, so the only answer he made was to go on with his ballad, in which he told the tale of his misfortune, and of the loves of the Emperor's son and his wife all exactly as the ballad sings it.
Thanks to this change of position, he was able to listen to the ballad with far less embarrassment than before.
All the affectation of manner which she had displayed at the beginning disappeared as the ballad proceeded.
That it was a jest there was no doubt whatever; he knew that well enough, and had good reason, too, for his conviction; for during her recitation of the ballad Aglaya had deliberately changed the letters A.
She judged that if he came home alive the superstitious peasants would tell him about the ghost that sang in the cave, and that as soon as they described the ballad he would know that none but he and she knew that song, therefore he would suspect that she was alive, and would come and find her.
On which occasion, as the ballad that was made about it describes: