lyrical

adjective
lyr·​i·​cal | \ ˈlir-i-kəl How to pronounce lyrical (audio) \

Definition of lyrical

: lyric

Other Words from lyrical

lyrically \ ˈlir-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce lyrical (audio) \ adverb
lyricalness \ ˈlir-​i-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce lyrical (audio) \ noun

Examples of lyrical in a Sentence

She is noted for her lyrical moviemaking style. a painter known for his lyrical landscapes a lyrical account of frontier life
Recent Examples on the Web Admittedly the lyrical beauty of that variation resulted in overexposure of the excerpt, almost like a pop ballad. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 Has anyone ever written such a lyrical tribute to Top Ramen? Jennifer Reese, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 The new work is more than 10% richer for it, including — for instance — lyrical, rolling passages from the point of view of a previously silent character. Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 This lyrical novel delves into the scars left by war, not just on the body and mind, but family and society too. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2022 The movement started with young rappers uploading vulnerable tracks to the internet and blends the production styles of hip-hop with the lyrical and aesthetic concerns typically found in emo rock. Brianna Holt, Rolling Stone, 26 July 2022 The words are poetic and lyrical, the music a tender mix of melancholy and hope at the same time. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2022 This excellent young South Korean pianist played with fire and delicacy in equal measure, and a certain lyrical quality dominated even some of the densest passagework. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2022 She is also set to receive the ACM Poet’s Award — given to a country music songwriter for outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career — on Aug. 24 in Nashville. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lyrical

1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lyrical was in 1581

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6 Aug 2022

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“Lyrical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lyrical. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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