balladry

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

Definition of balladry

1 : the composing or performing of ballads

Examples of balladry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Eurovision Song Contest, which pits each country on the continent against one another in a battle of balladry, has existed since the mid-1950s and has always been a good 10 years behind every musical trend. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Will Ferrell’s New Comedy Is Goofy Escapism at Its Best," 27 June 2020 Jack Scott, a rockabilly singer and reluctant star whose mellow balladry competed with Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison in the pop charts, died Dec. 12 in a hospital in Warren, Mich. Terence Mcardle, BostonGlobe.com, "Jack Scott, briefly a rockabilly and pop hitmaker, dies at 83," 25 Jan. 2020 Jack Scott, a rockabilly singer and reluctant star whose mellow balladry competed with Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison in the pop charts, died Dec. 12 in a hospital in Warren, Mich. Washington Post, "Jack Scott, briefly a rockabilly and pop hitmaker, dies at 83," 23 Jan. 2020 The psychological effects of the threats of climatic, economic and political instability are all over Grammy winner Billie Eilish’s haunted lyricism, Lana Del Rey’s nihilistic balladry and Mac Miller’s introspective darkness. Raisa Bruner, Time, "'I Knew Inevitably It Would Betray You.' James Taylor on Avoiding the Trap of Celebrity," 6 Feb. 2020 His oldest son, a 22-year-old singer-songwriter who goes by Daniel Hex, serenaded the crowd with a smooth, charismatic set of R&B balladry, backed by collaborator Cheer Captain (Judson Branam) on acoustic guitar and keyboard. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit rapper stays grounded with dinner party as 'The Allegory' makes waves," 22 Feb. 2020 But most of the time, people have found solace in his tender, bleeding-heart balladry; his last album in 2015 bested even Taylor Swift, who was named after him, on the Billboard chart. Raisa Bruner, Time, "'I Knew Inevitably It Would Betray You.' James Taylor on Avoiding the Trap of Celebrity," 6 Feb. 2020 Taylor, of Birmingham duo Azure Ray, teams with recently de-dreadlocked Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz for autumnal balladry. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "15 recent songs to know by Alabama musicians," 22 Nov. 2019 Beloved in critical circles, Case just released her seventh solo album, a tangled mix of contemplative balladry and her own catchy brand of rock that’s girded by unexpected textures and lush arrangements as strong as anything from her career. Chris Barton, latimes.com, "Underrated/Overrated: 'Star Wars' fans behaving badly and Neko Case's persistent wonders," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of balladry

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Balladry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balladry. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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