bal·​lad·​eer | \ ˌba-lə-ˈdir How to pronounce balladeer (audio) \

Definition of balladeer

: a singer of ballads

Examples of balladeer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1970s, tropicália pioneer Caetano Veloso and balladeer Roberto Carlos managed to find audiences in Latin America and Europe. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 11 May 2022 No less than his fellow power-balladeer Elton John presented him with the distinction. Jason Heller, The Atlantic, 24 Jan. 2022 Sheeran the balladeer, the sensitive dude who blurts out his feelings after a pint or two, is never far away. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 29 Oct. 2021 Miles took pains to counter the notion of McCartney as a soapy balladeer and, by inference, of Lennon as the group’s sole intellectual and artistic radical. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 By 1968, the L.A.-via-Orange-Country troubadour was moving beyond the keening-balladeer mode of his early work — a mere two years before — and gravitating toward jazz and improvisational music. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 11 June 2021 Irish balladeer Chauncey Olcott charms Lillian Russell and an alderman’s daughter in 1890s New York. Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Invoking the great Leonard Cohen, Lana Del Rey reboots her image once again -- this time as a generational balladeer; a beacon of strength in any weather. Richard S. He, Billboard, 28 Aug. 2019 The folk-country balladeer started his music career playing small clubs in Chicago while holding a day job as a mailman. oregonlive, 28 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of balladeer

1714, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2022

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“Balladeer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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