A popular kind of narrative poem, adapted for recitation or singing; as, the ballad of Chevy Chase; especially, a sentimental or romantic poem in short stanzas.

Origin: OE. Balade, OF. Balade, F. Ballade, fr. Pr. Ballada a dancing song, fr. Ballare to dance; cf. It. Ballata. See Ball, and Ballet.

(01 Mar 1998)

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