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

Definition of playwright

: a person who writes plays

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The show, directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) with a book by playwright Katori Hall, injects a fresh blast of energy into the story of Turner’s triumph over adversity. Eben Shapiro, Time, "The Most Anticipated Plays and Musicals of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Milman has worked as a playwright, screenwriter, film school teacher, DJ and underground humor magazine publisher and is also an actor. Carole Goldberg,, "Write Stuff: West Hartford READS!, Luanne Rice talk, African American Literature Book Club," 31 July 2019 The London production marked the culmination of Pinter at the Pinter, a year-long London season of Harold Pinter’s work that consisted of over 30 pieces by the legendary playwright, including all of his one act plays. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Tom Hiddleston will make his Broadway debut with revival of Betrayal," 27 June 2019 The historical evidence of Shakespeare’s career as an actor and a playwright—including praise of his greatness by his contemporaries—is clear and undeniable. Elizabeth C. Gorski, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 19 Aug. 2019 The perspectives are toothsome and earnest, which gives the playwright license to take a sharp detour about two thirds of the way through the script. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘Hot Asian Doctor Husband’ really funny, but needs streamlining," 18 Aug. 2019 The book is being adapted for the miniseries by playwright Sarah Burgess. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Monica Lewinsky Is Producing FX's Impeachment: American Crime Story," 7 Aug. 2019 That Nearly Brought Down a President and written by playwright Sarah Burgess. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "Clinton Impeachment to Get FX ‘Crime Story’ Treatment in 2020," 6 Aug. 2019 The first episode of Derry Girls, a sitcom created by Northern Irish playwright Lisa McGee for Britain’s Channel 4. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Why Netflix’s Derry Girls is the perfect show to stream this weekend," 2 Aug. 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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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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