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 Billy Crystal is Charlie Berns, a veteran TV comedy writer and famous playwright—a version of Neil Simon—who is struggling with dementia. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Here Today’ Review: What’s So Funny?," 6 May 2021 But composer Maury Yeston and playwright Arthur Kopit put together a different telling than Andrew Lloyd Webber's version. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Beef & Boards has reopened. See their full 2021 schedule.," 5 May 2021 Perhaps they were written by Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, who was hailed as a skilled playwright during his lifetime and who would likely have known both Norths., "Letters to the editor of Globe Magazine," 30 Apr. 2021 Perry, of course, started his entertainment career as a playwright. New York Times, "‘Nomadland’ Makes History, and Chadwick Boseman Is Upset at the Oscars," 25 Apr. 2021 The two questions, the same question, might enlist us into Stoppard’s dazzling quest, as a playwright, for meaning, consciousness, history, and goodness. Andrew O’hagan, The New York Review of Books, "In the Act of Living," 13 Apr. 2021 As a playwright, he has been produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, New Colony, Jackalope Theatre and others, and also is an ensemble member of New Colony. Doug George,, "Chicago’s Steep Theatre adds 13 members to its growing ensemble," 29 Dec. 2020 She was raised in Detroit, worked in the city, then moved to Los Angeles and then London to pursue a career as a playwright, family told the Detroit Free Press following her death. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "’88 Lockerbie bombing: 16 Michigan victims remembered, new charges unveiled," 22 Dec. 2020 As a playwright, Wilson dramatized this question dialectically, and his characters repeatedly learn the danger of adopting European values at the expense of their ancestral heritage. Daniel Pollack-pelzner, The Atlantic, "The Unconscious Rebellion of August Wilson," 22 Dec. 2020

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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 18 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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