bal·​lad·​ry | \ ˈba-lə-drē How to pronounce balladry (audio) \

Definition of balladry

1 : the composing or performing of ballads
2 : ballads

Examples of balladry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After two albums full of beautiful balladry and giddy experimentation, Kesha needs to drop one more all-out party anthem, that both nods to the day-one fans and brings in younger ones, too. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 13 Sep. 2022 Preserving the title but spinning an entirely new yarn to flesh out its suggestion of folk balladry, the writer-director’s superbly acted fourth feature is his most Irish work for the screen to date, and also one of his best. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Sep. 2022 Lee is one of the best-selling singer-songwriters of Brazil, known for her skillful blend of pop balladry, MPB, bossa and new wave. Thania Garcia, Variety, 25 Aug. 2022 There’s a little bit of funky rock & roll, a little bit of breathtaking country balladry, and a lot of Lambert’s restless artistic ambition. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 12 Apr. 2022 Randy Jackson is back on bass for the album only, and the set mixes melodic balladry with extended virtuosic pieces, covering all the bases of Journey’s 47 years of recording. Gary Graff, cleveland, 5 July 2022 Suddenly, Latin balladry began to fill with sophisticated flourishes of baroque pop. Ernesto Lechner, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2022 Yanya’s lyrics are intimate and introspective, while her style combines lounge-jazz balladry with astringent alt-rock. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 The Mexican-American singer is breaking through thanks to his innovative blend of Mexican folk balladry with an indie-rock edge. Lucas Villa, SPIN, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of balladry

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Sep 2022

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“Balladry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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