ballad /ˈbaləd/

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I. noun

1. a poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas. Traditional ballads are typically of unknown authorship, having been passed on orally from one generation to the next.
2. a slow sentimental or romantic song.
II. derivatives

balladist /ˈbalədɪst /
noun


– origin late 15th cent. (denoting a light, simple song): from Old French balade, from Provençal balada ‘dance, song to dance to’, from balar ‘to dance’, from late Latin ballare (see ball2). The sense ‘narrative poem’ dates from the mid 18th cent.

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