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

Definition of playwright

: a person who writes plays

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Many of the playwright’s works were sold at auction last year for $12.5 million, according to the foundation. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Playwright Edward Albee’s Manhattan Loft Hits Market for Almost $9 Million," 27 Nov. 2018 Not flowers or chocolates but a biography of the playwright Edward Albee. Christopher Wallenberg,, "A magic carpet ride onstage and off for the stars of ‘Aladdin’," 28 June 2018 But thanks to a little help from the world’s most famous playwright, no other single incident has doomed March 15th to its baleful reputation quite like Julius Caesar’s assassination. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "So, What Exactly Are the Ides of March?," 15 Mar. 2019 For all his nostalgic ties to the work, the actor— and playwright, composer, lyricist, and singer with the Pulitzers, Emmys, Grammys, and Tonys to prove it—articulated the show’s relevance in the current political climate. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Camelot Ruled the Stage at Lincoln Center Theater’s Benefit Gala," 5 Mar. 2019 According to Bill Evans, Simon's longtime friend and the Shubert Organization director of media relations, the playwright died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Neil Simon dead at 91," 26 Aug. 2018 To Black is Houston’s first and only play festival to showcase the new works of African-American playwrights. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Fade To Black Play Festival embarks on its 6th season," 8 May 2018 The play, written by activist and playwright Eve Ensler, debuted in 1996 in a tiny theater in New York, becoming a surprise Off-Broadway hit and fueling controversy for years afterward. Chad Sokol, The Seattle Times, "Gonzaga University to host ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ a play once banned on campus," 10 Feb. 2019 Getty Images On Friday, Hamilton playwright and star Lin-Manuel Miranda was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Get His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," 1 Dec. 2018

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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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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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