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 Trifilio is a potent lyricist who tends toward despondency, but her songs are deceptively snackable—each is a two-minute burst of honey-butter melody, often with a title that incorporates hashtag-worthy slang. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "The TikTok-Ready Sounds of Beach Bunny," 24 Feb. 2020 Legendary drummer and lyricist of the Canadian rock band, Neil Peart, has died from brain cancer at the age of 67. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Primus is honoring Rush, playing 'Farewell to Kings' on tour, including in Milwaukee," 18 Feb. 2020 Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for Rush and one of the most legendary instrumentalists in rock history, died in California on Tuesday after a battle with brain cancer. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dies at 67," 10 Jan. 2020 But the group is also home to members hailing from Japan, Canada, and the United States in addition to Korea, all coming together to make a group of diversely talented vocalists, dancers, rappers, lyricists, and performers. Vandana Pawa, Teen Vogue, "NCT 127’s New Album “Neo Zone” Is a Soul, Hip-Hop, and Pop Journey Into the Future," 6 Mar. 2020 The lyricist, the late Nick Meglin, was an editor at Mad magazine. Los Angeles Times, "Review: We liked the movie ‘Grumpy Old Men.’ Why did this musical have to change it?," 27 Sep. 2019 The Baumgartner Studio Artists will perform this songspiel by composer Kurt Weill and lyricists Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Florentine Opera will give classic 'La Boheme' a Bronzeville makeover," 3 Mar. 2020 The colony is another Goodspeed wintertime musical theater development program for music theater writers, lyricists and composers founded in 2013. Christopher Arnott,, "Goodspeed announces audacious Festival of New Musicals lineup for January," 12 Dec. 2019 Lloyd Webber, and the writers and lyricists Don Black and Christopher Hampton, made much in their 1993 epic of the contrast between youth and age, possibility and delusion. Chris Jones,, "Porchlight’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’ has a true star to play Norma Desmond in this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of lyricist

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Lyricist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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

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