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 Carner, the show’s lyricist, generously offered guidance to the cast and director. Myrna Petlicki,, "4 Chairs Theatre returns with streaming ‘Island Song’," 7 Apr. 2021 Tin Pan Alley — then a hotbed for popular songs — before landing some of his biggest hits on Broadway with his older brother Ira, a famed lyricist. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Review: Spirited Gershwin from the Dallas Symphony and guest conductor Andrew Grams," 20 Mar. 2021 Each album usually indicated not only the name of the performer but sometimes also the composer and lyricist. Asaf Shalev,, "Historian is preserving North African Jewish music from a bygone era," 17 Mar. 2021 In many ways, New York Theatre Workshop was the obvious place for Mr. Larson to bring his show because its location is where the composer and lyricist set the musical. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New York Theatre Workshop Marks 25th Anniversary of ‘Rent’," 27 Feb. 2021 Rapper Macklemore sent a text apologizing to fellow Grammy nominee Kendrick Lamar in 2014 after receiving multiple awards in rap categories the Compton lyricist was favored to win. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "The Grammys rarely award chart-topping Black artists with top honors, new study finds," 9 Mar. 2021 Other financiers on the film include film producer Michael White (who gave £78,750), Island Records (£21,000), Charisma Records (£5,250), lyricist Tim Rice’s cricket team Heartaches (£5,250), and Chrysalis Records (£6,300). Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, "How Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Jethro Tull Helped Make ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’," 9 Mar. 2021 Coming off her debut EP Industry Games, the promising lyricist applied pressure throughout the mini-offering. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Thoughts on This Year's Hip-Hop Grammy Nominees: Roddy Ricch, Megan Thee Stallion & Pop Smoke," 24 Nov. 2020 Producer Ekta Kapoor, lyricist Prasoon Joshi, among many others, have also hailed the new guidelines and tweeted about the same. Sweta Kaushal, Forbes, "Indian Government Introduces New Rules For OTT: What It Means For Filmmakers," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of lyricist

1875, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2021

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“Lyricist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 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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