bal|lad


bal|lad
bal|lad «BAL uhd», noun, verb.
–n.
1. a poem that tells a story. Ballads are usually in a simple verse form and tell a popular legend that is passed from one generation to another orally. »

The old man sang ballads of the clan's heroes, often to the tune of a folk song.

2. a simple song: »

a charming ballad of the north country.

3. a sentimental of romantic popular song: »

Many of the ballads of mother's day are still popular.

4. the music for a narrative ballad or folk song: »

Many of the old ballads are sung to new words.

–v.i.
to write or compose ballads.
[< Old French ballade < Old Pvoençal balada (originally) poem for dancing < balar to dance < Late Latin ballāre]
bal´lad|er, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • bal´lad|er — bal|lad «BAL uhd», noun, verb. –n. 1. a poem that tells a story. Ballads are usually in a simple verse form and tell a popular legend that is passed from one generation to another orally. »The old man sang ballads of the clan s heroes, often to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bal|lad|ry — «BAL uh dree», noun. 1. a) poetry in the ballad style. b) ballads collectively. 2. the practice, style, or art of singing ballads …   Useful english dictionary

  • bal·lad — /ˈbæləd/ noun, pl lads [count] 1 : a slow popular song that is typically about love 2 : a kind of poem or song that tells a story (such as a story about a famous person from history) a ballad about King Arthur …   Useful english dictionary

  • bal|lad|eer — «BAL uh DIHR», noun. 1. a singer of ballads. 2. U.S. Informal. a singer of popular songs …   Useful english dictionary

  • bal|lad|ist — «BAL uh dihst», noun. a writer or composer of ballads …   Useful english dictionary

  • bal|lad|mon|ger — «BAL uhd MUHNG guhr, MONG », noun. 1. a dealer in or seller of ballads. 2. an inferior poet; poetaster …   Useful english dictionary

  • bal|lad|ier — «ba la DYAY», noun. French. a singer of ballads …   Useful english dictionary

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