lyr·i·cal | \ ˈlir-i-kəl \

Definition of lyrical 

: lyric

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Other words from lyrical

lyrically \ˈlir-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
lyricalness \ˈlir-i-kəl-nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lyrical


bardic, lyric, poetic, poetical


prosaic, prose, unlyrical, unpoetic

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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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To simply describe the plot is to undersell the book's key quality — the way DelBianco's arresting, lyrical sentences seem to activate all five senses, plus your sense of fear., "How Rae DelBianco Went From Cattle Farmer To Bookstagram Queen To Literary Darling — All By 25," 13 July 2018 When Fabolous and Jadakiss connected for their 2017 collaborative project, Friday on Elm Street, the lyrical tandem shook up the city of New York with their visceral raps. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Fabolous & Ty Dolla $ign Team Up For Summer Banger 'Ooh Yea': Listen," 13 July 2018 There is an ethereal mysticism to the lyrical passages, and a big-hearted warmth. Mark Swed,, "As a conductor, composer and man, Oliver Knussen was larger than life," 10 July 2018 Whether as a member of the rap collective Doomtree, or as a soloist with a new album (Chime), Dessa’s lyrical mix of hardball rap and comedy, and the background sound of avant-garde soul, always proves to be jarring and frank., "Manayunk Arts Festival, Juneteenth, Bluebird Distilling 3rd Anniversary Party, and other events in Philadelphia, June 22-29," 21 June 2018 The recital includes dozens of group and solo performances in several dance disciplines, including tap, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, lyrical, ballroom and musical theater. Linda Mcintosh,, "Women's club serves up beer, wine at Fair events," 21 June 2018 Parks’ writing is, by turn, classic in form, freewheeling, lyrical, humorous and agonizing, and its content ranges from scenes to monologues to the inner thoughts of a talking dog. Chris Jones,, "It'll take more than the Civil War, says Suzan-Lori Parks in her brilliant 'Father Comes Home'," 5 June 2018 Brademeyer admires the lyrical content of Petty's compositions. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Free Fallin salutes Tom Petty's legacy," 21 Mar. 2018 An international co-production between Ukraine, Germany and Monaco, director Roman Bondarchuk's first dramatic feature is a mix of Kafka-esque road movie and contemporary western, rich in sumptuous visuals and lyrical strangeness. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 July 2018

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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