lyr·​i·​cist | \ˈlir-ə-sist \

Definition of lyricist 

: a writer of lyrics

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Regardless of who plays the titular rebellious mermaid, the film is slated to be directed by Mary Poppins Returns's Rob Marshall, with music by Hamilton's master lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney heavy-hitter Alan Menken. Lily Rose, Teen Vogue, "Zendaya Could Reportedly Play Ariel in Disney's Live-Action "The Little Mermaid"," 23 Aug. 2018 The show is dripping with lively musical comedy thanks to legendary lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Bernstein’s frequent Broadway collaborators. Aja Romano, Vox, "Leonard Bernstein gave American music so much more than West Side Story.," 25 Aug. 2018 But the musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice has been around for almost 50 years and has a long production history that has been both triumphant and troubled. Kimberly Winston, Houston Chronicle, "The stormy, surprising history of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’," 1 Apr. 2018 Nas: Another stellar storyteller and lyricist. Introspective and honest about his own ups-and-downs. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Kings Q&A: Why would Labissiere be traded? Is Cauley-Stein in it for the long haul?," 26 Jan. 2018 The songs and score were written by three members of the internationally popular rock band The National: Aaron Dessner Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger, plus lyricist Carin Besser. Christopher Arnott,, "Goodspeed Extends Run Of 'Cyrano,' Starring Peter Dinklage," 13 July 2018 When traveling together to examine the glaciers, the society’s members and scientists would sing songs written by Sigurdur Thorarinsson, an Icelandic geologist, volcanologist, glaciologist—and lyricist. Gloria Dickie, WIRED, "Humans Tracked Iceland's Glaciers For Ages. Now, Tech Does," 5 June 2018 The series features music by Disney veteran Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Tangled,' Starring Mandy Moore, Renewed at Disney Channel With New Name (Exclusive)," 31 May 2018 Legend served as a co-producer and star of the live NBC production, while Lloyd Webber and Rice both served as executive producers in addition to Lloyd Webber composing the music and Rice serving as the lyricist for the musical. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "With Emmy Noms, John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice Get Closer to EGOT," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of lyricist

1875, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lyricist

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

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