song·writ·er | \ˈsȯŋ-ˌrī-tər \

Definition of songwriter 

: a person who composes words or music or both especially for popular songs

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songwriting \ˈsȯŋ-ˌrī-tiŋ \ noun

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Examples of songwriter in a Sentence

an award-winning singer and songwriter he's both a singer and a songwriter

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Hiaasen was known for his love of James Taylor, and used to tell a story about nearly hyperventilating during an interview with the singer-songwriter. Jean Marbella,, "Capital Gazette editor Rob Hiaasen identified as victim of shooting at newspaper," 29 June 2018 The album finds the songwriter contemplating anxiety and solitude, life and death, usually in about three-and-a-half minutes. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Caroline Rose goes it alone as singer-songwriter rolls into Houston," 21 June 2018 The great songwriter John Hiatt gets in, sits down and begins to cry. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Elvis Presley as metaphor for America in 'The King'," 12 July 2018 He may be left-handed but that doesn’t stop singer/songwriter Robert Rolfe Feddersen from playing a right-handed guitar. Myrna Petlicki,, "Oak Park favorite Robert Rolfe Feddersen performs in free concert," 10 July 2018 In addition, award-winning composer Alan Menken will score the film, along with writing two new songs for the production with La La Land songwriters Pasek & Paul. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Aladdin': Everything to Know About the Live-Action Remake of the Disney Classic," 5 July 2018 Singer and actress Katharine McPhee and musician and songwriter David Foster are engaged. Kelcie Willis, ajc, "Singer Katharine McPhee engaged to musician, songwriter David Foster," 3 July 2018 The Nashville songwriter/guitarist has played sideman to Robert Plant in Band of Joy, written hits for the Dixie Chicks and Brad Paisley, and has co-written with Grammy-winning Charlotte native Anthony Hamilton and country powerhouse Zac Brown. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week," 3 July 2018 And this is where legendary pianist and songwriter Jerry Lee Lewis enters the picture. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "How the heck did an Evel Knievel museum wind up in northeast Kansas?," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of songwriter

1721, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of songwriter

: a person who writes the words or music to songs

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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