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lyric

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noun lyr·ic \ˈlir-ik\

Simple Definition of lyric

  • : the words of a song

  • : a poem that expresses deep personal feelings in a way that is like a song : a lyric poem

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lyric

  1. 1 :  a lyric composition; specifically :  a lyric poem

  2. 2 :  the words of a song —often used in plural

Examples of lyric in a sentence

  1. a song with a beautiful lyric

  2. a poet admired for his lyrics



1581

First Known Use of lyric

1581

Rhymes with lyric


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lyric

adjective lyr·ic

Simple Definition of lyric

  • : expressing deep feelings in a way that is like a song

  • : writing lyric poetry

  • of an opera singer : having a light and pure voice

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lyric

  1. 1 a :  suitable for singing to the lyre or for being set to music and sung b :  of, relating to, or being drama set to music; especially :  operatic <lyric stage>

  2. 2 a :  expressing direct usually intense personal emotion especially in a manner suggestive of song <lyric poetry> b :  exuberant, rhapsodic

  3. 3 of an opera singer :  having a light voice and a melodic style — compare dramatic

Examples of lyric in a sentence

  1. <they performed a slow, lyric dance for the audience>

  2. <the film's lyric photography really enhanced its romantic mood>



Did You Know?

To the ancient Greeks, anything lyrikos was appropriate to the lyre. That elegant stringed instrument was highly regarded by the Greeks and was used to accompany intensely personal poetry that revealed the thoughts and feelings of the poet. When the adjective lyric, a descendant of lyrikos, was adopted into English in the 1500s, it too referred to things pertaining or adapted to the lyre. Initially, it was applied to poetic forms (such as elegies, odes, or sonnets) that expressed strong emotion, to poets who wrote such works, or to things that were meant to be sung; over time, it was extended to anything musical or rhapsodic. Nowadays, lyric is also used as a noun naming either a type of poem or the words of a song.

Origin of lyric

Middle French or Latin; Middle French lyrique, from Latin lyricus, from Greek lyrikos, from lyra


First Known Use: 1567


LYRIC Defined for Kids

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lyric

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noun lyr·ic \ˈlir-ik\

Definition of lyric for Students

  1. 1 :  the words of a song —often used in pl.

  2. 2 :  a poem that expresses feelings in a way that is like a song




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lyric

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adjective lyr·ic

Definition of lyric for Students

  1. :  expressing personal emotion in a way that is like a song <lyric poetry>





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