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 As the eight songs reveal, the older balladeers have a wealth of life experience to share. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "These men just released their first music album — at age 102 and 88," 2 Dec. 2019 Although still best remembered for his biggest hit (the title of this book), Lowe’s also the connective tissue of pop music, a singer-songwriter who went from pub rock to architect of the New Wave to bittersweet balladeer. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "82 new books for holiday gifts in 2019, from Prince to Susan Sontag," 22 Nov. 2019 Gerhaher possesses a singular vocal style in which the veneer of classical refinement periodically gives way to the world-weary rasp of the balladeer or the arch charm of the crooner. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Sorrowful Songs at the White Light Festival," 11 Nov. 2019 Cole is probably best remembered now as a smooth mid-century balladeer whose name graced multiple hit records. Bret Saunders, The Know, "Get a taste of New Orleans when Preservation Hall Jazz Band comes to Denver," 2 Nov. 2019 The airy, suite-like space was amply appointed with fresh flowers and exercise equipment — perfect for either a hockey team or a lung-busting power balladeer with nearly a dozen platinum albums to her name. Los Angeles Times, "The rebirth of Celine Dion: ‘Life is short. Can we just have a good time?’," 2 Oct. 2019 There, balladeers could sing protest songs, women could smoke hookah next to men, and cubicles provided space where the devout could retire to pray. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Midnight Traveler” Expands the Narrative of the Refugee Documentary," 17 Sep. 2019 Camilo Sesto, a Spanish singer and songwriter who rose to prominence in the 1970s as a romantic balladeer, then went on to sell more than 100 million records, died Sept. 8 at a hospital in Madrid. Washington Post, "Camilo Sesto, Spanish balladeer and pop star, dies at 72," 8 Sep. 2019 Her distinctive voice — evoking classic balladeers like Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee — is as memorable as her savvy songwriting. kansascity, "KC concerts June 6-12: Luis Miguel, Billie Eilish, Sublime with Rome, Snarky Puppy," 4 June 2019

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1714, in the meaning defined above

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“Balladeer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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