play·​wright | \ ˈplā-ˌrīt How to pronounce playwright (audio) \

Definition of playwright

: a person who writes plays

Examples of playwright in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The drama finds a once brilliant playwright -- who no longer writes -- returning to her craft when her famous stage actor twin brother is diagnosed with leukemia. John Benson, cleveland, "‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ and ‘Looking For a Lady With Fangs and a Moustache’ top this week’s streaming movies at Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque," 7 Apr. 2021 Guillermo del Toro and his Oscar-winning Shape of Water team have emerged unscathed from the depths of a copyright lawsuit claiming that the Best Picture winner plagiarized the work of the late playwright Paul Zindel. Joey Nolfi,, "Guillermo del Toro named 'true creator' of The Shape of Water as plagiarism suit ends," 5 Apr. 2021 Sotu, a Navy veteran, playwright and an award-winning poet, wrote the script. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘The History of Joy’ film series captures real-life stories of struggles and successes," 21 Mar. 2021 Barnes, the playwright, heard echoes of that spirit of resistance in how Markle spoke out against the monarchy. NBC News, "A prescient play, inspired by Meghan Markle, puts two Black duchesses face-to-face," 5 Apr. 2021 The latter offered a bittersweet comedic monologue, written by playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick, that looked at living through the pandemic without the balm of live theater. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Broadway Theater Raises Curtain, Giving Glimpse of Post-Pandemic Return," 4 Apr. 2021 The playwright mandates that the men on the boats are played by female-identifying, racially diverse, transgender, nonbinary or gender-fluid individuals. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Pavilions, fireplace to welcome summer in Middleburg Heights: Around The Town," 26 Mar. 2021 The series is produced by Narang and Terry Nardozzi and conceived by playwright and screenwriter Susan Cinoman. Mark Kennedy, ajc, "Dozens of playwrights, actors join 'Period Piece' monologues," 25 Mar. 2021 The playwright was the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, "Respect Aretha Franklin’s Genius: TV Series Does Just That," 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of playwright

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for playwright

play entry 1 + obsolete wright maker — more at wright

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“Playwright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of playwright

: a person who writes plays


play·​wright | \ ˈplā-ˌrīt How to pronounce playwright (audio) \

Kids Definition of playwright

: a writer of plays

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