bal·​lad·​eer ˌba-lə-ˈdir How to pronounce balladeer (audio)
: a singer of ballads

Examples of balladeer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By 2020, the Rose were one of the handful of Korean pop-rock bands that had any modicum of success in a scene dominated by idol pop acts, balladeers, rappers, and R&B artists. Tamar Herman, SPIN, 25 Dec. 2023 Tyler was a Rookie of the Year finalist, but that distinction ultimately went to Destroy Lonely, a vaguely emo balladeer with ropey blond dreads. M.t. Richards, Rolling Stone, 25 Aug. 2023 Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler was the top winner, taking home seven trophies, while Mexican balladeer Marco Antonio Solís was honored as the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year. Suzy Exposito, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2023 Cocker then withdrew for several years, re-emerging as a hit balladeer. Jem Aswad, Variety, 27 June 2023 As wiry post-punks, atmospheric goth balladeers, and purveyors of dizzying pop gems, the Cure have worn many faces over their four-plus decades, and each was on display during an ensuing 29-song set that stretched to nearly three hours. Ben Stas,, 19 June 2023 In 2013, her favorite artist at the time, the Atlanta rapper and heart-on-his-sleeve balladeer Future, played an in-progress version of his sophomore album Honest for the magazine’s staff. Peter Rubin, Longreads, 12 May 2023 Afropop singer Angélique Kidjo, Spanish balladeer Alejandro Sanz, R&B star John Legend, and country singer-songwriter Keith Urban sang, representing Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania, respectively, with the moment arranged by none other than Hans Zimmer. Justin Curto, Vulture, 23 July 2021 Those underground notes Kondo created are in another scene played by Jack Black’s Bowser at the piano, now a lonely, lovelorn heavy metal balladeer. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


ballad + -eer

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of balladeer was in 1714

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“Balladeer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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