bal·​lad·​ry ˈba-lə-drē How to pronounce balladry (audio)
: the composing or performing of ballads

Examples of balladry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The band moved gracefully from Afrobeat grooves to soul-jazz balladry—including a handful of tracks from their upcoming second LP. Ryan Reed, SPIN, 27 Mar. 2024 From the archives: The 24 best Christmas songs en Español From Puerto Rican salsa to Bronx bachata to Mexican balladry — and something of a surprise at No. 1 — here’s the perfect playlist for your holiday season. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2023 Attentive music fans have had some time now to become familiar with who and what the singer Laufey is: a young Icelandic-Chinese-American woman whose traditional balladry often recalls the pre-rock era. Chris Willman, Variety, 19 Sep. 2023 Rodrigo cites the White Stripes’ Jack White as one of her biggest inspirations, and her music is a canny fusion of piano balladry and retro pop-punk, layered with flavors of grunge and emo. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2023 Like Hamilton, much of His Story is rapped while also featuring musical-theater balladry. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, 24 May 2023 Instead of doubling down on the stately balladry of her breakthrough hits, Daigle explores ‘60s pop, folk, jazz and R&B on the project, creating a fantasia of inspiration powered by her mammoth vocal takes. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 12 May 2023 Bluegrass is a significant influence on the rural Virginia musician, whose distinctive vocal style seems to owe more to ethereal Appalachian balladry than to the muddier sounds of the Mississippi Delta. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2023 Dolled up in denim, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter entranced the crowd with her R&B balladry, performing her songs with the coy, Old Hollywood allure of burlesque icons. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2023

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Word History


ballad + -ry

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of balladry was in 1596

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“Balladry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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