song·​smith ˈsȯŋ-ˌsmith How to pronounce songsmith (audio)
: a composer of songs

Example Sentences

among American songsmiths Irving Berlin has assumed legendary status
Recent Examples on the Web Bacharach became a songsmith inside New York’s vaunted Brill Building, where such teams as Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich churned out hits. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2023 Oldham is a fiercely dedicated old-school songsmith who’s resisted at every turn the notion that his writing should be in any way confessional. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone, 29 Apr. 2021 The beloved songsmith is immortalized with Paul Kelly Lane, which runs from Flinders Street to Pirie Street, behind the Adelaide Town Hall. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 11 Aug. 2022 Street Man, a blues songsmith in his own right, is a fine collaborator for Fields, whose repertoire includes songs made famous by Howlin’ Wolf and Big Mama Thornton among others. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 7 July 2022 The songsmith unashamedly sticks to his winning formula on album four, which makes perfect sense commercially. Jem Aswad, Variety, 22 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of songsmith was in 1795

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“Songsmith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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