- any light, simple song, especially one of sentimental or romantic character, having two or more stanzas all sung to the same melody.
- a simple narrative poem of folk origin, composed in short stanzas and adapted for singing.
- any poem written in similar style.
- the music for a ballad.
- a sentimental or romantic popular song.
Origin of ballad
Examples from the Web for ballad
And it was a radical part of your tool set, throwing it into a ballad, which was also a canonized jazz standard.
There were no longer any chord changes, and it was no longer a ballad.
Toward the end, on the ballad “Someone Else,” she flies over the crowd while straddling a giant hot dog like Slim Pickens.Miley Cyrus’s NBC Twerk-A-Thon: Tongues, Leotards, and Dwarfs, Oh My!
July 7, 2014
So begins “Song For Zula,” a beauteous six-minute ballad courtesy of Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Matthew Houck and co.The 13 Best Songs of 2013: Lorde, Kanye West, Beyoncé, and More
December 28, 2013
As soon as she sits down, as if on cue, the Lana Del Rey ballad “Video Games” comes on.Gina Gershon on Being Donatella Versace, ‘Showgirls,’ and Bill Clinton Rumors
October 4, 2013
It was the ballad she had sung at Christmas—in what different mood!The Bacillus of Beauty
The hint of this ballad is found in Arndt's Murchen, Berlin, 1816.
This ballad was written on the occasion of a Horticultural Festival.
Apropos, how do you like this thought in a ballad I have just now on the tapis?The Letters of Robert Burns
On the present occasion, I was prepared with a ballad of his.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
- a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
- a narrative poem in short stanzas of popular origin, originally sung to a repeated tune
- a slow sentimental song, esp a pop song
Word Origin and History for ballad
late 15c., from French ballade "dancing song" (13c.), from Old Provençal ballada "(poem for a) dance," from balar "to dance," from Late Latin ballare "to dance" (see ball (n.2)).
A simple narrative song, or a narrative poem suitable for singing. The ballad usually has a short stanza, such as:
There are twelve months in all the year,
As I hear many men say,
But the merriest month in all the year
Is the merry month of May.
A simple narrative song, or, alternatively, a narrative poem suitable for singing. (See under “Conventions of Written English.”)