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Definitions of ballad

  1. a narrative song with a recurrent refrain Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a narrative poem of popular origin Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To make or sing ballads. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To make mention of in ballads. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A short, popular, narrative poem, adapted or suitable for reciting or singing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. A short narrative poem: a popular song. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. A popular song. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Any popular narrative poem. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A popular semi-epic or patriotic talo of adventure or daring in verse, originally sung to the harp; a short air of simple construction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. A simple popular song. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. bal'lad, n. a simple spirited narrative poem in short stanzas of two or four lines, in which a story is told in straightforward verse, often with great elaborateness and detail in incident, but always with graphic simplicity and force--a sort of minor epic: a simple song, usually of a romantic or sentimental nature, in two or more verses, each sung to the same melody, as in the so-called Ballad Concerts: any popular song, often scurrilous.--ns. BAL'LADIST, a writer or singer of ballads; BAL'LAD-MONGER, a dealer in ballads. [Fr. ballade, from ballare, to dance, being orig. a song sung to the rhythmic movement of a dancing chorus--a dramatic poem sung or acted in the dance, of which a shadow survives in the ring-songs of our children.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. Simple song, esp. sentimental composition of several verses, each sung to same melody, with accompaniment merely subordinate; poem in short stanzas narrating popular story. Hence ballad-MONGER, balladry (5), nn. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. n. [Italian] A popular song, narrative or sentimental, in homely verses ; a simple air. Cabinet Dictionary

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