Origin of ballad
OTHER WORDS FROM balladbal·lad·ic [buh-lad-ik], /bəˈlæd ɪk/, adjectivebal·lad·like, adjective
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How to use ballad in a sentence
Along with Emily Shackleton, they wrote the heartbreak ballad “Every Little Thing.”
R&B newcomer Joël caught my attention with his soul-stirring single “Clean Up,” a powerful ballad that examines both police brutality and the industrial-prison complex.Soulection’s Joe Kay Presents ‘A Beginner’s Guide To Future Sounds’|Brande Victorian|February 5, 2021|Essence.com
Then she started driving for the pleasure of it, humming along to power ballads on Christian radio and chatting on the phone with friends.“We Don’t Even Know Who Is Dead or Alive”: Trapped Inside an Assisted Living Facility During the Pandemic|by Ava Kofman|November 30, 2020|ProPublica
Because the ballad is so simple and elegant, we can see exactly what elements are important to the story at this early stage.
Gender roles here are not exactly as porous as they are in the original ballad.
This sultry ballad about break-ups and make-ups in the City of Angels is haunting stuff.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
M10 has a musical ballad named after him that the band Los Sembradores de La Sierra recorded in 2011.
I asked him to tell me how he produced a certain effect he makes in his arrangement of the ballad in Wagner's Flying Dutchman.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
One day her mother heard her singing a popular nautical ballad, on the devotion of a sailor's bride to her betrothed.Skipper Worse|Alexander Lange Kielland
Mirèio contains one ballad and two lyrics in a measure differing from that of the rest of the poem.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
The Scotch ballad is the spontaneous production of the touching and simple genius of the nation.Friend Mac Donald|Max O'Rell
The same Ballad contains other imitations of Chaucer's language.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
British Dictionary definitions for ballad
Word Origin for ballad
Cultural definitions for ballad (1 of 2)
A simple narrative song, or, alternatively, a narrative poem suitable for singing. (See under “Conventions of Written English.”)
Cultural definitions for ballad (2 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.