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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Other Words from songwriter

songwriting \ ˈsȯŋ-​ˌrī-​tiŋ \ noun

Synonyms for songwriter


songsmith, tunesmith

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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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The lo-fi rush of the earlier days is gone and the music, co-produced with experimental singer-songwriter Cate LeBon, prior Deerhunter collaborator Ben Allen, and engineer Ben Etter, is mostly clean and stately. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ by Deerhunter Review: A Statelier Kind of Chaos," 9 Jan. 2019 In addition to the complaint that Spotify was engaging in copyright infringement by neglecting to send these paper notifications, Wixen also claimed that Spotify was failing to pay out songwriter royalties about 21 percent of the time. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Spotify and Wixen settle the music publishing company’s $1.6 billion lawsuit," 20 Dec. 2018 The date ends with a random singer-songwriter (Ben Rector, according to Google) plays soft acoustic music while Krystal and Chris dance in the middle of the pool and the raccoon wanders around. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 9 Recap: We Need to Talk About the 'Russian Witch Hunt'," 5 Sep. 2018 All of the songs on Square Up were written by YG Entertainment’s in-house producer Teddy Park in collaboration with various songwriters. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "10 Things to Know About BLACKPINK," 11 July 2018 His latest collaboration is with the rising country singer-songwriter Luke Combs, who brings a somberness to his Everyman affability. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Thursday: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and ‘CMT Crossroads’," 28 June 2018 On their date, Becca and Chris, who on Night One accused former suitor Chase of coming on the show for The Wrong Reasons™, visit Capitol Records to hang out with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Richard Marx. Mallorie Sullivan,, "'The Bachelorette': NFL free agent Clay Harbor somehow hurts himself playing football," 11 June 2018 June 7 to 13 Start slow with low-key singer-songwriter Mishka (performing in a duo) at Stage One in Fairfield (June 7). Michael Hamad,, "Fill Your Summer With 13 Weeks Of Nonstop Concert Hopping," 29 May 2018 The words are by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, screenwriters of the wildly popular Kung Fu Panda animated films, with songs by Sia, the Australian singer-songwriter, and costumes by Tim Yip, of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Inside The Shed, Manhattan's New State-of-the-Art Cultural Venue," 12 Dec. 2018

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1721, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who writes the words or music to songs

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