[ bal-uh-dree ]
See synonyms for balladry on
  1. ballad poetry.

  2. the composing, playing, or singing of ballads.

Origin of balladry

First recorded in 1590–1600; ballad + -ry

Words Nearby balladry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use balladry in a sentence

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

    Musical Portraits | Paul Rosenfeld
  • The one introduced him to the study of British balladry, the other led him to the classic groves of Horace.

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

    The Job | Sinclair Lewis
  • The "Corsair" overture has not the wild, rich balladry of that of the "Flying Dutchman," perhaps.

    Musical Portraits | Paul Rosenfeld
  • The ghastly heads were set up on pikes over the castle gates (yetts), as Scotch balladry well remembers.

    From Gretna Green to Land's End | Katharine Lee Bates

British Dictionary definitions for balladry


/ (ˈbælədrɪ) /

  1. ballad poetry or songs

  2. the art of writing, composing, or performing ballads

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