script·​writ·​er ˈskrip(t)-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce scriptwriter (audio)
: a person who writes scripts

Examples of scriptwriter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sinclair Lewis was not known for being a playwright, however, so Flanagan paired him with Hollywood scriptwriter John C. Moffitt. Adam Hochschild, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2023 That’s because there have been fundamental changes in recent years, in production and distribution that now necessarily have to be addressed in the collaboration between production, actors and scriptwriters. Roberto Brunelli, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Oct. 2023 She’s been a journalist, a scriptwriter, a documentarian, and—most famously—an award-winning novelist with a penchant for darkly speculative tales of strange science and distorted cities. Neil McRobert, ELLE, 12 Aug. 2023 Only a movie scriptwriter could come up with a scenario of a football coach needing a new heart to save his life who works at a high school named Hart. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2023 Bring on cameras, microphones, scriptwriters, showrunners and producers. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2023 Her story must be real, because no scriptwriters in their right minds could come up with what’s happened so far on Season 5 of this show: • Weeks, 44, has been married twice before — once for two months and once for 12 hours. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 July 2023 The show is no stranger to criticism, with accusations that the original characters are unrecognizable, the new ones too one-dimensional, and the plot lines like a checklist of issues that the scriptwriters felt beholden to ticking off, rather than exploring with any great emotional depth. Claire Cohen, Vogue, 4 July 2023 The musical tapped into the Jewish roots of each of the major contributors of the show, including scriptwriter Joseph Stein and director-choreographer Jerome Robbins. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, 23 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scriptwriter was in 1911

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“Scriptwriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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script·​writ·​er ˈskrip-ˌtrīt-ər How to pronounce scriptwriter (audio)
: a person who writes scripts (as screenplays for television or movies)

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