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ballad

noun [C] uk   /ˈbæl.əd/ us  
a song or poem that tells a story, or (in popular music) a slow love song
Translations of “ballad”
in Spanish balada…
in French romance…
in German die Ballade…
in Chinese (Traditional) 歌謠,民謠, 敘事詩, (舒緩的)情歌…
in Russian баллада…
in Turkish türkü, balad…
in Chinese (Simplified) 歌谣,民谣, 叙事诗, (舒缓的)情歌…
in Polish ballada…
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