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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

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

  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

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

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

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



Origin of lyric

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


First Known Use: 1567



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