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 The album exemplifies why Ms. Lindeman is revered by music critics as a lyricist. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bringing the outside in: How one songwriter finds creativity," 3 Feb. 2021 Seriously though, Jason Isbell hasn’t let fame and Grammys weigh down his gifts as a lyricist, singer and guitarist. Matt Wake |, al, "50 songs from 2020 to know by Alabama musicians," 31 Dec. 2020 The musical, written by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, takes place in 1920s Chicago. Washington Post, "Ann Reinking, Broadway dancer and ‘Chicago’ choreographer, dies at 71," 16 Dec. 2020 Haints and blue eyes in the book seem to wink at Morrison’s catalog, and like Morrison, Jones proves himself an amazing lyricist, pulling poetry out of every image and shift of light. New York Times, "‘The Prophets’ Explores Black Love and Memory in a Time of Trauma," 6 Jan. 2021 Gabbi, who wrote that song, is legitimately a good composer and lyricist. Los Angeles Times, "Why Wayne Brady is taking TikTok’s ‘Ratatouille’ musical seriously," 1 Jan. 2021 Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, the composer and lyricist who wrote The Prom's many songs, also adapted movies like Elf and The Wedding Singer into Broadway musicals. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "You’ve Been To The Prom — Now Put These Songs On Repeat," 11 Dec. 2020 In the year before the pandemic closed theaters nationwide, local actor, lyricist and playwright Omri Schein added six theatrical shows to his resume, including the world premiere of his latest musical in New York. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Faces of the arts shutdown: Actor and playwright Omri Schein: ‘I need live theater’," 20 Dec. 2020 When Hart, due to personal problems, could no longer serve as his lyricist, Rodgers turned to Oscar Hammerstein II, and began a second remarkable collaboration. WSJ, "Excerpts From Edwin Wilson’s ‘Magic Time’," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of lyricist

1875, in the meaning defined above

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21 Feb 2021

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“Lyricist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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