rhap·​so·​dist | \ ˈrap-sə-dist How to pronounce rhapsodist (audio) \

Definition of rhapsodist

1 : a professional reciter of epic poems
2 : one who writes or speaks rhapsodically

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Recent Examples on the Web These rhapsodists were actually Metropolitan Opera stars, cutting loose on their night off with a slightly different art form on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "An Opera Star Walks Into a Karaoke Bar …," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of rhapsodist

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rhapsodist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhapsodist. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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