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

Definition of lyricist

: a writer of lyrics

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Recent Examples on the Web Also sounding their last notes were musical polymath Andre Previn, Monkees pop star Peter Tork, Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, and R&B artist James Ingram., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 31 Dec. 2019 Wentz, the band's onstage spokesman and primary lyricist, generally adopted a too-cool-for-this-corporate-gig countenance — but award him points for a comedic jab at Elon Musk's latest all-electric vehicle. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Fall Out Boy fires up Ohio State, Wisconsin fans before Big Ten championship game," 7 Dec. 2019 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dec. 28: Group founder, producer, composer and lyricist Paul O’Neill died in April 2017 due to an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications to treat several chronic illnesses. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Holiday Arts Guide 2019: Music offerings include everything from the Blenders to Martina McBride," 22 Nov. 2019 South African composers and lyricists Shaun and Greg Dean Borowsky formed a relationship with Mandela's family and received their blessing and the rights to tell the leader's story, Kirk said. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A Broadway-bound musical on Nelson Mandela will be developed in Central Indiana," 14 Nov. 2019 Winnowed from nearly 200 high school student entries, the seven winning writers received the kind of leg up in musical-making that aspiring composers and lyricists twice or three times their ages would kill to have. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Government support for a song? How seven teens won their own piece of the American Dream.," 7 Nov. 2019 Seeking material for their musical, Canadian composers and lyricists Irene Sankoff and David Hein interviewed hundreds of residents and passengers about their experiences. Andrea Sachs,, "How a Canadian region became the capital of kindness and an unlikely tourist destination," 1 Oct. 2019 It is produced by an American team composed of book writer Brent Beerman, composer and lyricist Kathi Chaplar, and director Kay Cole. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events," 17 Sep. 2019 For nearly three hours — three hours! — the king of rhinestones and glitter held more than 16,000 fans in thrall as the Rocketman soared through more than 50 years’ worth of music crafted with his songwriting partner, lyricist Bernie Taupin. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Elton John’s second farewell tour stop in Cleveland shows why he’s still standing after all these years," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of lyricist

1875, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jan 2020

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“Lyricist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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