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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Those players seemed to have as much fun all night as the folks in the hall, responding with terrific zest and lyrical fire to both Williams and BSO music director Marin Alsop. Tim Smith,, "John Williams makes electrifying return to BSO, shares podium with Marin Alsop," 14 June 2018 There is poetry, Zeitlin argues, in lyrical references made in conversation, in hand clap games played with siblings, in the cadences of a mother mimicking a baby’s babble. Cassie Owens,, "When poetry is all in the family," 26 Apr. 2018 Neruda’s gift is lyrical, not narrative, and his ostensible epic, on inspection, is so many lyrics in historically chronological order. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 The SteelDrivers’ trademark sound — traditional instrumentation like banjo and mandolin with a singer-songwriter lyrical approach, amid touches of Southern rock and blues — will be on full display, Rogers said. Wesley Case,, "Before Charm City Bluegrass Festival, SteelDrivers talk new singer, working within and outside traditions," 25 Apr. 2018 His lyrical approach to narrating the onscreen action included suggesting that his heart was in his mouth as the finish line neared. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Watch This Spanish Reporter Completely Lose It Over His Olympic Countryman's Close Race," 16 Feb. 2018 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

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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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