screen·​writ·​er | \ ˈskrēn-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce screenwriter (audio) \

Definition of screenwriter

: a writer of screenplays

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Recent Examples on the Web The 26-year-old artist is expecting her first child with screenwriter Alev Aydin. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Halsey Says Pregnancy Has 'Leveled' Her Perception of Gender," 19 Feb. 2021 That's one of many liberties that the script, by Pulitzer-winning playwright and screenwriter Suzan-Lori Parks (2019's Native Son), takes. Leah Greenblatt,, "United States vs. Billie Holiday," 19 Feb. 2021 The line was invented by screenwriter William Goldman. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Hal Holbrook, prolific actor who played Twain, dies at 95," 2 Feb. 2021 To Poe’s gothic horror tale, screenwriter Raúl Santos overlaid a terrifying context ripped from the headlines. Globe Staff,, "Boston Lyric Opera drops a fully animated ‘Fall of the House of Usher’ production," 27 Jan. 2021 In a tag over her belly, Halsey tagged screenwriter Alev Aydin. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "Surprise! Halsey announces she's pregnant and shows off baby bump in new photo," 27 Jan. 2021 Conversely, and somewhat predictably, screenwriter Cheryl Guerriero’s screenplay isn’t above devolving into melodrama in its third act. Mike Scott,, "Justin Timberlake's 'Palmer' showcases the north shore, in a sweet film with a big heart," 25 Jan. 2021 Narrative film from the United States and Mexico, director and screenwriter Alexis Gambis. Mary Colurso |, al, "18 movies you can see at Sidewalk during Sundance Film Festival," 11 Jan. 2021 Milioti notes that screenwriter Andy Siara has said the film also throws depression into the mix. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Get under the surface fun of ‘Palm Springs’ with Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg," 6 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of screenwriter

1913, in the meaning defined above

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24 Feb 2021

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“Screenwriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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: a person who writes screenplays

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