script·​writ·​er | \ ˈskrip(t)-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce scriptwriter (audio) \

Definition of scriptwriter

: a person who writes scripts

Examples of scriptwriter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, Esther Perel identifies as a scriptwriter, the person who propels a plot forward when life’s main characters are otherwise paralyzed by self-doubt. Maya Binyam, Vulture, "Esther Perel Goes Off Script," 13 Apr. 2021 According to The Hollywood Reporter, the tech giant outbid multiple companies to land the deal with the scriptwriter. Mia Uzzell, Essence, "‘Girls Trip’ Writer Tracy Oliver Lands Eight-Figure Deal With Apple," 25 Mar. 2021 These confirmation spectacles shared a scriptwriter, a stage manager, a director. Jack Fowler, National Review, "Biden, Never," 30 Oct. 2020 This actually isn't the first time the journalist-turned-scriptwriter has advocated for free therapy. Elizabeth Gulino,, "“Therapy Should Be Free”: Watchmen Writer Shouts Out His Therapist During Acceptance Speech," 21 Sep. 2020 Were a scriptwriter to pitch the plot, it would be dismissed for convoluted implausibility. The Economist, "Les liaisons prétentieuses Sex, lies and philosophy on the Paris left bank," 12 Sep. 2020 The scriptwriter Belousov said his editor, Alexei Malkov, met with Kremlin and FSB officials to shape the film. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, "Trolls, tracking and films: How Putin’s Russia obsessively hounded opposition leader Navalny," 29 Aug. 2020 Among the new characters introduced by Spielberg and the movie's scriptwriter, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, is Abe -- a major role, which will be played by Broadway star Curtiss Cook. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "Steven Spielberg has written some Black characters into his 'West Side Story' remake," 19 Aug. 2020 The book follows a few days in the life of Fred, a hack scriptwriter who recently attained an Adonis physique so as to screw his way through a bout of heartbreak. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Larry Kramer Knew That an Honest Debate Was a Rude One," 28 May 2020

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Scriptwriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scriptwriter

: a person who writes the written form of a play, movie, television show, etc. : a person who writes a script

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