ballad [bal′əd]
[ME balad < OFr ballade, dancing song < OProv ballada, (poem for a) dance < balar, to dance < LL ballare: see BALL2]
1. a romantic or sentimental song with the same melody for each stanza
2. a song or poem that tells a story in short stanzas and simple words, with repetition, refrain, etc.: most old ballads are of unknown authorship and have been handed down orally in more than one version
3. a slow, sentimental popular song, esp. a love song

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  • Ballad — Bal lad, n. [OE. balade, OF. balade, F. ballade, fr. Pr. ballada a dancing song, fr. ballare to dance; cf. It. ballata. See 2d {Ball}, n., and {Ballet}.] A popular kind of narrative poem, adapted for recitation or singing; as, the ballad of Chevy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ballad — Bal lad, v. i. To make or sing ballads. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ballad — Bal lad, v. t. To make mention of in ballads. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ballad — англ. [бэ/лэд] ballade [бэла/д] 1) баллада 2) в эстрад. музыке и джазе медленная пьеса с темой в 32 такта …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • ballad — (n.) late 15c., from Fr. ballade dancing song (13c.), from O.Prov. ballada (poem for a) dance, from balar to dance, from L.L. ballare to dance (see BALL (Cf. ball) (n.2)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ballad — [n] narrative song carol, chant, ditty, serenade; concept 595 …   New thesaurus

  • ballad — ► NOUN 1) a poem or song telling a popular story. 2) a slow sentimental or romantic song. DERIVATIVES balladeer noun balladry noun. ORIGIN Provençal balada dance, song to dance to , from Latin ballare to dance …   English terms dictionary

  • ballad — balladic /beuh lad ik/, adj. balladlike, adj. /bal euhd/, n. 1. any light, simple song, esp. one of sentimental or romantic character, having two or more stanzas all sung to the same melody. 2. a simple narrative poem of folk origin, composed in… …   Universalium

  • Ballad — A ballad is a poem usually set to music; thus, it often is a story told in a song. Any myth form may be told as a ballad, such as historical accounts or fairy tales in verse form. It usually has foreshortened, alternating four stress lines (… …   Wikipedia

  • Ballad — «Хор» Баллада …   Википедия

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