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 Or was Pierre Corneille, another famous French playwright of the time, the true author? Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "French playwright Molière did indeed write his own masterpieces, computer science suggests," 27 Nov. 2019 Steve Moulds, playwright and co-artistic director at Theatre 502 in Louisville, won his game show debut and will be shown competing again in Tuesday's episode. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "How this Louisville playwright used his theater experience to bring home a 'Jeopardy!' win," 29 Oct. 2019 Video posted by Stuckless on Facebook shows them, who is an actor, playwright and fight choreographer, being asked to leave and escorted out of the bar after confronting Weinstein. April Siese, CBS News, "At least 2 people kicked out of New York City bar for confronting Harvey Weinstein at performance showcase," 24 Oct. 2019 Bodine is an actor and playwright living in New York City with numerous theater, film, and television credits., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 21 Oct. 2019 The Puerto Rican-American composer, actor, and playwright has been vocal about increasing tourism since Hurricane Maria and creating debt relief for the island. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "10 Amazing Web Series You'll Want to Ditch Netflix For," 1 Aug. 2019 Even stage actors and playwrights — not very high on the respectability scale themselves — were reluctant to enter the new field, applying for work at film studios only when financial desperation set in. Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018 The playwright’s affection for the one-armed captain keeps sneaking through. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "In real life they were white men. This Baltimore play uses women, people of color to tell their story.," 13 Dec. 2019 McCallum's affinity for the aching humanism of the playwright's work has been evident since Hunter's breakthrough with A Bright New Boise and The Whale. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Greater Clements': Theater Review," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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4 Jan 2020

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“Playwright.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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