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Meaning of BALLAD

Pronunciation:  'balud

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a narrative poem of popular origin
  2. [n]  a narrative song with a recurrent refrain

BALLAD is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: lay
 See Also: minstrelsy, poem, song, verse form



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 Chase; esp., a sentimental
    or romantic poem in short stanzas.
  2. \Bal"lad\, v. i.
    To make or sing ballads. [Obs.]
  3. \Bal"lad\, v. t.
    To make mention of in ballads. [Obs.]
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