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 The folk-country balladeer started his music career playing small clubs in Chicago while holding a day job as a mailman. oregonlive, "The departed: Heroes, celebrities and rogues, from Oregon and beyond, who died in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 An onslaught of recriminations and regrets, stormily sung by the late great Mexican balladeer. Jody Rosen, Los Angeles Times, "The 50 best Christmas songs of the last 50 years," 14 Dec. 2020 Pop balladeer Michael Bolton, Latin boy band CNCO, country duo Big & Rich, and Mexican singer and actress Patricia Manterola are among the 30 acts who teamed up remotely for the reimagined track, which is being released Friday by Amazon Music. Jamia Pugh,, "José Feliciano celebrates 50 years of ‘Feliz Navidad’," 20 Nov. 2020 East Texas balladeer Paul Cauthen hits Englewood’s Gothic Theatre on May 8, and tickets for the 16-and-up show ($25.50-$30) are on sale at 10 a.m. March 13 at John Wenzel, The Know, "Hayley Williams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Snow Patrol and more new Colorado concerts this week," 11 Mar. 2020 This was the hip-hop soul era, when balladeers wore hoodies and chunky boots and relocated their tales of seduction from the boudoir to the street. Los Angeles Times, "Andre Harrell’s radical, genius idea: Hip-hop and R&B belonged together," 10 May 2020 Los Retros just got off the road opening for Hawthorne heartthrob Cuco, a connection that further confirms the rise of a new generation of Mexican American balladeers coming up from the underground. Randall Roberts,, "California Sounds: New music from Los Retros; a Chip and Tony Kinman retrospective," 27 June 2019 Arizona's official state balladeer, Dolan Ellis, wrote and released a song chronicling the tree's history earlier this month. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Famous tree on I-17 by Sunset Point, hurt by summer fire, is still decorated for Christmas," 25 Dec. 2019 The cast features two additions to the returning ensemble: Sayjal Joshi, who shines as an evangelical balladeer poking fun at the church, and Jo Scott, memorable as a vlogger spinning impromptu conspiracy theories. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "Second City returns to Washington with familiar gifts in ‘She the People’ and ‘Love, Factually’," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of balladeer

1714, in the meaning defined above

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“Balladeer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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