- A kind of narrative poem, adapted for recitation or singing; especially, a sentimental or romantic poem in short stanzas.
"The poet composed a ballad praising the heroic exploits of the fallen commander."
- A slow romantic song.
"On Friday nights, the roller rink had a time-block called "Lovers' Lap" when they played nothing but ballads on the overhead speakers."
- (intransitive) To compose or sing ballads.
- (obsolete) To make mention of in ballads.