Meaning of ballad

bal•lad

Pronunciation: (bal'ud), [key]
— n.
  1. any light, simple song, esp. one of sentimental or romantic character, having two or more stanzas all sung to the same melody.
  2. a simple narrative poem of folk origin, composed in short stanzas and adapted for singing.
  3. any poem written in similar style.
  4. the music for a ballad.
  5. a sentimental or romantic popular song.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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