[ bal-uh-dree ]
/ ˈbæl ə dri /


ballad poetry.
the composing, playing, or singing of ballads.

Origin of balladry

First recorded in 1590–1600; ballad + -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for balladry

  • Yet, potentially, Una Golden was as glowing as any princess of balladry.

    The Job|Sinclair Lewis
  • The one introduced him to the study of British balladry, the other led him to the classic groves of Horace.

  • There is a looseness and lushness, a romanticism and balladry, in the work, that is not quite characteristic.

    Musical Portraits|Paul Rosenfeld

British Dictionary definitions for balladry

/ (ˈbælədrɪ) /


ballad poetry or songs
the art of writing, composing, or performing ballads
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