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.

1350–1400; Middle English balade < Middle French < Old Provençal balada dance, dancing-song, equivalent to bal(ar) to dance (< Late Latin ballāre; see ball2) + -ada -ade1

balladic [buh-lad-ik] , adjective
balladlike, adjective

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ballad (ˈbæləd)
1.  a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
2.  a narrative poem in short stanzas of popular origin, originally sung to a repeated tune
3.  a slow sentimental song, esp a pop song
[C15: from Old French balade, from Old Provençal balada song accompanying a dance, from balar to dance, from Late Latin ballāre; see ball²]

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Word Origin & History

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 (2)).
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ballad definition

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.

ballad definition

A simple narrative song, or, alternatively, a narrative poem suitable for singing. (See under “Conventions of Written English.”)

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