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Below you will find the definition of ballad, followed by 33 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a narrative poem of popular origin
EXAMPLES - Ballad in a Sentence
- The hero of the ballad was the old herdsman at Balcarres. (source)
- The ballad was a pleasant one, the tune was loud and cheery, (source)
- Child's generic title for this ballad is "Bonnie Annie," although (source)
- +The Story+ of the ballad is a mere remnant of the story told in the (source)
- "Tipperary" is a true ballad, which is why it is included in this book. (source)
- Now, even granting that Loeben entitled his ballad one way in the MS and (source)
- _A ballad is a short narrative poem, generally rehearsing but one incident. (source)
- The words of the ballad and the music of the ballad are the first parents of our literature. (source)
- Thirty years later, Chambers was equally certain that the ballad was the composition of Lady Wardlaw. (source)
- If any poet now alive can be called a ballad-writer of genius, it is the author of Danny Deever and East and West. (source)
- A few poems were scattered through the pages of "The Monk," including a ballad from the Danish, and another from the Spanish. (source)
- For the ballad is the reflex of keen and rapid sensation, and has nothing to do with judgment or with calm deliberative justice. (source)
- When country trio Lady Antebellum broke wide open, fans fell in love with the instantly likable booty-call ballad "Need You Now." (source)
- French Princess, "a ballad from the Spanish;" The Nightingale, "translated from the Danish; signed, all but the last," George Olaus (source)
- A formula that started early: Release a heavy song, maybe two, and then release a ballad was a staple for the glam and spandex bands. (source)
- There is a philosophical propriety, too, in beginning poetic study with ballad lore, for the ballad is the germ of all poem varieties. (source)
- The heroine of the ballad was a Danish maid-of-honour to James's Queen; her name is variously recorded as Margaret Vinstar, Weiksterne, (source)
- The ballad was a popular composition, in the sense just described, but this does not mean that ballads grew up of themselves, as wild flowers. (source)
- But we have in ballad form an account of what Prince Hal, now Henry V, said to Judge Gascoigne on the occasion of his retirement from the Bench: (source)
- Lizzie -- Like I tellin you, Miss Davis, if de people had a song in de old days, dey would put it down on a long strip called a ballad, but honey, (source)
- But the poet must have his licence, for, after all, the spirit of the ballad is the thing, and it is always a pleasant diversion to drop into rhyme: (source)
- The ballad is the second song from Carrie's album, Play On. The winter scene, with Carrie standing out in the snow in a glittery dress, is very pretty. (source)
- _Whig_ and _Tory_ are unobjectionable names: the first -- which occurs in English ballad as well as in Scotland -- is sour milk;  the second is a robber. (source)
- Oh dear me ..... with regard to the lyrics for "Sally Wheatley": I don't have an authoritative source, and the ballad is a bit obscure so I don't think you'll be lucky. (source)
- Cheap sentiment sinks the title ballad, but the closer, "Make This Moment (To Love Again)," while sentimental as well, has the charm of a classic pop bauble from the 50s. (source)
- The most pronounced characteristic of the _lied_ is the fact that it usually portrays a single mood, sentiment, or picture, thus differing from the ballad, which is narrative in style. (source)
- Child #78 Aside from its exquisite poetry and music, this ballad is notable for its exhibition of the universal popular belief that excessive grief on the part of mourners disturbs the peace of the dead. (source)
- Springett, father of Sir William, drawn to church by eight oxen: a determination to get to his pew at any cost that led to the composition of the following ballad, which is now printed for the first time: -- (source)
- The ballad is in pseudo-Spanish ronda de enamorados (lover's ronda) style with pizzicato strings representing a guitar, or the lyre depicted by Harding, and thereby a wealth of susceptive associations (for example (source)
- Neal's death, and the parting with Henry Reed and Dr. Kane, with some other local changes, extracted short laments from the author, whose tone is nevertheless usually cheerful and canny; but his ballad is his best. (source)
- With these religious services, probably derived from the white men, the tribes above-mentioned mingle some of their old Indian ceremonials, such as dancing to the cadence of a song or ballad, which is generally done in a large lodge provided for the purpose. (source)
- If all this was melodramatic, it should be remembered that the time was melodramatic itself; it is, however, saved from such accusation by the truthfulness of the handling; and the homeliness of a portion of it recalls the ballad of "Up at the villa, down in the city," with its speeches of drum and fife. (source)
- * She seemed, however, to be taking her misery philosophically, when I went over to see her this morning, and has gone into town this evening to console herself by seeing the ballad of the "Mistletoe Bough," acted in pantomime, by a parcel of very pretty girls, who are to gesticulate and attitudinize through the whole, while the ballad is sung or declaimed by somebody, after the fashion of the Greek chorus. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 33 example sentences provided below is 63.0, which suggests that "ballad" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 4 synonyms for ballad.
carol, chant, ditty, serenade
We have 0 antonyms for ballad.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of ballad from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A narrative poem, often of folk origin and intended to be sung, consisting of simple stanzas and usually having a refrain.
- (noun) The music for such a poem.
- (noun) A popular song especially of a romantic or sentimental nature.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A long song or poem that tells a story.
- (noun) A slow romantic pop song.
- (verb) To make mention of in ballads.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A popular kind of narrative poem, adapted for recitation or singing; ; esp., a sentimental or romantic poem in short stanzas.
- (verb-intransitive) To make or sing ballads.
- (verb-transitive) To make mention of in ballads.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A song intended as an accompaniment to a dance.
- (noun) The tune to which such a song is sung.
- (noun) A short narrative poem, especially one adapted for singing; a poem partly epic and partly lyric.
- (noun) In music, originally, a short and simple vocal melody, often adapted to more than one stanza of poetry and having a simple instrumental accompaniment.
- (None) To make or sing ballads.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a narrative poem of popular origin
- (noun) a narrative song with a recurrent refrain