J (ames) G (raham). 1930–2009, British novelist, born in China; his books include Crash (1973), The Unlimited Dream Company (1979), Empire of the Sun (1984), Cocaine Nights (1996), and Super-Cannes (2000)

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Examples from the Web for ballard

Contemporary Examples of ballard

Historical Examples of ballard

  • Can't you imagine what Jen' Ballard will say when she learns the truth?

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Mrs. Ballard, allow me to make you acquainted with my friend Colonel Ruggles!

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The same applied to Ballard, who also had been given a Brigade—the 7th.

  • The head and front of it all,” said he; “a renegade priest, Ballard by name.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • "Then you're one of the men I've been looking for a good many years," says Ballard.

Word Origin and History for ballard


surname, attested from late 12c., probably meaning "bald head;" cf. Wyclif "Stye up, ballard," where Coverdale translates "Come vp here thou balde heade" [2 Kg.2:23-24, where God kills 42 children for making fun of Elijah's lack of hair.]

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