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. 2019

Examples from the Web for balladry

Historical Examples of balladry

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

    The Job

    Sinclair Lewis

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for balladry



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