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 Entertainment & Arts Ever wanted to be a playwright? Tom Jacobs, Los Angeles Times, "Hope amid heartbreak: Why some theaters see light at the end of a coronavirus tunnel," 6 Apr. 2020 That generation is also the playwright’s, who was born Tomas Straussler in Czechoslovakia in 1937. The Economist, "Laughter in the dark Tom Stoppard’s haunting new play about the Holocaust," 13 Feb. 2020 The famous playwright’s manuscript is on permanent display at the downtown Dallas Public Library branch after several different folios toured through Dallas. Hannah Evans, Dallas News, "Dallas Shakespeare Club fought to give the city one of only 200 copies of Shakespeare’s first folio," 23 Jan. 2020 But Kohler, who is also a playwright, has thought about what generated this work. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Renaissance Theaterworks embraces the dirty job of mounting Beckett's 'Happy Days'," 16 Jan. 2020 The 17th century playwright Molière is as important to French literature as William Shakespeare is to the English canon. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "French playwright Molière did indeed write his own masterpieces, computer science suggests," 27 Nov. 2019 Zooming in from Dublin, the Irish playwright Marina Carr marveled at the time Mann wrote a play in five days on a Country Kerry beach. New York Times, "A Thousand Goodbyes for McCarter Theater’s Emily Mann," 3 May 2020 These moons of Uranus are named after the playwrights' many colorful characters. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Every. Single. Moon. Ranked.," 7 Apr. 2020 The professional playwrights are donating their time. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UWM grad leads #Enough playwriting competition asking students to write about impact of gun violence," 1 Apr. 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 4 Jun. 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) \

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: a writer of plays

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