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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web Interpretations range from lyrical to captivating and all are irresistibly alluring. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 15 June 2021 End of the Earth features Mavi’s sharpest lyrical skill melded seamlessly with shapeshifting lo-fi sonics. Clarissa Brooks, Rolling Stone, 11 June 2021 One surviving fragment is lyrical, a style not usually associated with Lincoln. Ronald C. White, Time, 10 June 2021 Today, Austins carries his struggles proudly, channeling his experiences as inspiration for the creative direction and lyrical content of Homeless Star. Billboard, 4 June 2021 Cinematically, Davis rises to meet the challenge of portraying the metaphysical dimension of death in life with a lofty and lyrical sequence that brings African art and music into the practical struggles at hand. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 4 June 2021 Its most lyrical effects are exquisitely simple: Somehow, the red of Undine’s tousled hair and the aquamarine of her window curtains convey more undercurrents of feeling than any elaborate CGI frippery would. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Somebody’s Daughter, Ford’s first memoir, opens with a letter her father sent her from prison and from there follows a vulnerable and lyrical account of the writer’s journey growing up as a poor Black girl in Indiana. Niema Jordan, Essence, 2 June 2021 This is a film that is striving to be a classic swashbuckler, a lyrical mediation on exploration and identity and a knowingly modern commentary on a deplorable but significant era in world history. Lindsey Bahr, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Lyrical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lyrical

: having an artistically beautiful or expressive quality


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