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

Definition of lyrical

: lyric

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Other Words from lyrical

lyrically \ ˈlir-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce lyrically (audio) \ adverb
lyricalness \ ˈlir-​i-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce lyricalness (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
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The first third of Benz’s novel is beautifully lyrical. Michele Langevine Leiby, Washington Post, "In ‘The Gone Dead,’ a woman’s questions about her father’s death reveal a town’s racist history," 12 July 2019 Yi phrased lyrical passages well and showed remarkable poise. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Clarinet trio shines in opening concert at Dallas’ Basically Beethoven Festival," 12 July 2019 Getz’s lyrical phrasing was a match for Gilberto’s intimate vocal. Tom Maxwell, Longreads, "Remembering João Gilberto," 10 July 2019 There’s a lyrical quality to Sanz’s work, lusty flavors tamed with careful technique to create something that feels almost seductive. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 Which, well, puts an end to that before Arsenal and Everton fans go on YouTube for his highlights reel and start waxing lyrical., "Transfer Rumours: Cancelo in City Talks, Man Utd Eye Ben Yedder, West Ham Bid for Rondon & More," 26 June 2019 The score is dark, propulsive, and, at times, wrenchingly lyrical. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Meredith Monk’s “ATLAS” and the L.A. Phil’s Extraordinary Season," 24 June 2019 His speech combined his Dr. Seussian gift of conjuring lyrical, yet logical new words with the gravelly accent of a bayou mobster bullfrog. Hanna Krueger,, "“We don’t do pity parties. We do parties”: New Orleans sends Dr. John off in style," 22 June 2019 On Wednesday, the Library of Congress announced the appointment of its 23rd poet laureate: Joy Harjo, a poet, author, musician, performer and activist, whose lyrical verses draw on the Native American experience through a female lens. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Joy Harjo Becomes First Native American Writer to Be Named U.S. Poet Laureate," 20 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of lyrical

: having an artistically beautiful or expressive quality

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