from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A verse form usually consisting of three stanzas of eight or ten lines each along with a brief envoy, with all three stanzas and the envoy ending in the same one-line refrain.
- n. Music A composition, usually for the piano, having the romantic or dramatic quality of a narrative poem.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various genres of single-movement musical pieces having lyrical and narrative elements
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A form of French versification, sometimes imitated in English, in which three or four rhymes recur through three stanzas of eight or ten lines each, the stanzas concluding with a refrain, and the whole poem with an envoy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A poem consisting of one or more triplets each formed of stanzas of seven or eight lines, the last line being a refrain common to all the stanzas.
- n. A poem divided into stanzas having the same number of lines, commonly seven or eight.
- n. In music, a term variously applied to melodies for ballads, to extended narrative or dramatic works for a solo voice, occasionally to concerted choral cantatas, and to instrumental pieces of a melodic character — in the last case often without obvious reason.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a poem consisting of 3 stanzas and an envoy
Middle English balade; see ballad.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French ballade (Wiktionary)