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

Definition of lyricist

: a writer of lyrics

Examples of lyricist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The show culminated in a musical tribute to legendary theater composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who died last year aged 91. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 10 Apr. 2022 The iconic Broadway composer and lyricist died on Nov. 26 at age 91 and led the In Memoriam segment of the Grammys. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2022 Drabinsky also made an effort to diversify the creative team, hiring Christina Anderson, a Black playwright, to revise Craig Lucas and Kirwan’s script, and the composer-lyricist Masi Asare, who collaborated with Nathan Tysen on the lyrics. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 The makers of the musical, book writer Bekah Brunstetter and composer-lyricist Cinco Paul, have done us all a timely solid, whipping up a smart, family-friendly confection. Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2022 Following Sondheim's death on Friday, tributes to the composer-lyricist poured in. Michael Gioia,, 1 Dec. 2021 The show also included a musical tribute to a theater titan — composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who died last year aged 91. Jill Lawless, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 Performing a collection of songs by legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, singers Rachel Zegler, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, and Leslie Odom Jr. took the stage in Las Vegas as footage played highlighting artists lost over the past year. Vanessa Etienne,, 3 Apr. 2022 McCaughan is a good lyricist—his melodies and his words are in synch, leaning on each other to communicate the longing and hopeful uncertainty of his songs. Craig Morgan Teicher, The New Yorker, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lyricist

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Lyricist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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