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BALLAD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ballad mean? 

BALLAD (noun)
  The noun BALLAD has 2 senses:

1. a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
2. a narrative poem of popular origin

  Familiarity information: BALLAD used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BALLAD (noun)


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Meaning:

A narrative song with a recurrent refrain

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

ballad; lay

Hypernyms ("ballad" is a kind of...):

song; vocal (a short musical composition with words)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ballad"):

minstrelsy (ballads sung by minstrels)


Sense 2ballad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A narrative poem of popular origin

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

ballad; lay

Hypernyms ("ballad" is a kind of...):

poem; verse form (a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ballad"):

Edda (either of two distinct works in Old Icelandic dating from the late 13th century and consisting of 34 mythological and heroic ballads composed between 800 and 1200; the primary source for Scandinavian mythology)


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