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!|Marlow Stern|July 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|December 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|October 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The village poet likewise commemorated the young lady's grief in seventeen stanzas of a ballad.Twice Told Tales|Nathaniel Hawthorne
Jamieson has translated an inferior copy of the Danish ballad in Illustrations of North.
Finally, the style is not that of Hogg when he attempts the ballad.Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy|Andrew Lang
But the genius of both of these poets was deeply imbued with the spirit of the old ballad rhymes.The Genius of Scotland|Robert Turnbull
This phrase may help us to determine the date of the authorship of the ballad.
British Dictionary definitions for ballad
Word Origin for ballad
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)).
Culture definitions for ballad (1 of 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.
Culture definitions for ballad (2 of 2)
A simple narrative song, or, alternatively, a narrative poem suitable for singing. (See under “Conventions of Written English.”)