Definition of “ballad” - English Dictionary


“ballad” in English

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balladnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbæl.əd/ us /ˈbæl.əd/

Examples from literature

  • Few boys, I suppose, have not read with breathless emotion this most stirring of ballads: few men can read it without a thrill. 
  • It was a voice new to her, and the words of his ballad were also new. 
  • It, as well as many of the ballad tunes in this collection, was written from Mrs. Burns's voice. 
  • The ballad of The Douglas Tragedy is one of the few, to which popular tradition has ascribed complete locality. 
  • The following popular ballad will afford the reader a characteristic specimen of the whole tenderness of such a Russian parting scene. 

(Definition of “ballad” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“ballad” in American English

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balladnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbæl·əd/

literature a song or poem that tells a story, or a slow love song

(Definition of “ballad” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)