Origin of ballad
British Dictionary definitions for balladic
Word Origin for ballad
Word Origin and History for balladic
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 balladic (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 balladic (2 of 2)
A simple narrative song, or, alternatively, a narrative poem suitable for singing. (See under “Conventions of Written English.”)