lyr·​i·​cist | \ ˈlir-ə-sist How to pronounce lyricist (audio) \

Definition of lyricist

: a writer of lyrics

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The show, by composer and lyricist Jim Steinman, draws from songs that were featured on the platinum-selling 1977 Meat Loaf album of the same name and two follow-up ones. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Meatloaf Musical Rocks a New Idea—Forgoing Broadway," 28 Oct. 2018 Country singer Kacey Musgraves is a clever lyricist who knows her way around a chord change. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "The Best Music of 2018: New Releases’ New Directions," 18 Dec. 2018 The comedy also revived the reputation of composer and lyricist Porter after several flops and enshrined Ms. Morison in theater history. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Patricia Morison, Broadway star of ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ dies at 103," 20 May 2018 For the Pittsburgh lyricist, Swimming will be his first album since his 2016 release The Divine Feminine. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Mac Miller Announces New Album 'Swimming'," 12 July 2018 These singular songs, and hundreds of others, were written by Arlen with a variety of lyricists. Howard Reich,, "Jeannie Tanner re-imagines classics by Harold Arlen," 2 May 2018 Commenting on the spate of Broadway musical revivals, McDonald spoke ardently about the imperative of supporting contemporary musical theater composers and lyricists, something she's done throughout her career. Charles Mcnulty,, "Audra McDonald soars in her stirring tour through the American musical," 21 May 2018 O'Riordan was The Cranberries' main lyricist and co-songwriter, and her powerful, sometimes wailing, voice was key to the band's distinctive sound. Fox News, "Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication," 6 Sep. 2018 As a teen in London, Webber, already an aspiring musical-theater composer, was introduced to budding lyricist Tim Rice. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, "‘Jesus Christ Superstar’: Why Jews, Christians and even its composer hated it at first," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lyricist

1875, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who writes the words of a song : a writer of lyrics

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