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

Examples of rhapsodist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Joe Wright’s musical adaptation of the mistaken-identity romance set in 17th century France, the rhapsodist soldier (Peter Dinklage) readies for war with Spain and pines for the unattainable Roxanne (Haley Bennett). Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 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, 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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21 Mar 2022

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“Rhapsodist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhapsodist. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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