Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ballads considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. ballads considered as a group

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ballad poems; the subject or style of ballads.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Poetry of the ballad kind; the style of ballads.

Etymologies

ballad +‎ -ry (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Some songs do this by, strangely, sweeping you along in balladry; others are just bright, an unexpectedly upbeat moment in an otherwise slow and quiet set of songs.

    So I keep on moving forward (Music (For Robots))

  • In its very scarcity, “information” is pivotal in balladry.

    Make This My Default Location (I) : Ange Mlinko : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • But she did occur to me as I was thinking about balladry, which is such a simple solution to the problem of “information” and free verse.

    Make This My Default Location (I) : Ange Mlinko : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • The prose summary in the form of a marginal gloss, first added in the edition of 1817, is a practice taken from early printed books, but not from balladry, which is normally oral.

    Rime of the ancient mariner

  • The sound of the record itself is an intricate balance between breezy pop and wistful balladry, which isn't unusual for Great Lake Swimmers in one sense, but there's certainly more of a lush push behind songs like "Palmistry" and the recent R3-add, "

    CBC Radio 3

  • It's the warm, slow joy of the mariachi-tinged Stranded, the tick-tock twang of Blue As Your Blood or the pre-rock'n'roll balladry of Torch Song that come to define this album's charms, and very considerable those are too.

    The Walkmen: Lisbon - review

  • "Take Over" is pure Journey balladry -- you can practically hear Tribbett clutching his chest over cascading pianos and grungy chords.

    Tye Tribbett's fourth album, 'Fresh,' marries passion and pulpit

  • On record, Mr. McCombs's band couches intricate lyricism in soft rock and piano balladry, but with sumptuous touches of arcane instruments like celesta, Hammond organ, and bass clarinet.

    A Little Older, but No Less Noisy

  • Journey, embarking on a display of power balladry with Foreigner, dropped base ticket prices by 10% from its 2008 tour; the promoter says the band's ticket sales are up by 15%.

    A Summer Sampler

  • Regularly seen alongside oversized mobile phones and wine bars as a comedy throwback to the 1980s, hearing the saxophone all over new music, when it had seemed settled in a world of soft-porn balladry, is very strange indeed.

    The sax is back

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