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 As a playwright, Nottage has been a moral beacon, wrestling with problems of race, gender and class with as much complexity as compassion. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2022 As a white playwright, Johnson explores this duplicitous dynamic with unflinching honesty, exposing its destructive effects on both Black and white people. Emily Mcclanathan, Chicago Tribune, 8 May 2022 Which is a lot to ask of an avatar, and certainly of a play, or a playwright. Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2022 He was cast in a local production in Cork, Ireland of a new play called Disco Pigs by a then-unknown playwright. Julie Tremaine,, 9 June 2022 To judge from the likes of a Black playwright like Alice Childress, the loss was incalculably large. New York Times, 8 June 2022 The director/actor/composer/novelist/playwright — among many other talents — died Wednesday night at his home with his family. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 22 Sep. 2021 Kollar Smith lives in Vista with her husband, author/actor/playwright Lance Arthur Smith, and their daughters Scottie and Pepper. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 June 2021 The contemporary examples of Irish playwright Samuel Beckett and Polish theater director Jerzy Grotowski were as palpable in his work as the influences of Craig, Brecht, Artaud. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2022 See More

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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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31 Jul 2022

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“Playwright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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

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