song·​writ·​er ˈsȯŋ-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce songwriter (audio)
: a person who composes words or music or both especially for popular songs
songwriting noun

Example Sentences

an award-winning singer and songwriter he's both a singer and a songwriter
Recent Examples on the Web The film tracks her fierce ambition to be the greatest songwriter in the world, balanced with her self-doubt and destructive tendencies. Jem Aswad, Variety, 15 Nov. 2022 Boyce is the only songwriter vying to be inducted posthumously. Paul Grein, Billboard, 14 Nov. 2022 Rundgren also felt that Bowie was a better songwriter in the beginning. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 10 Nov. 2022 Christina Aguilera is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter renowned for her powerful voice and hit songs. Time, 10 Nov. 2022 The native of Argentina who grew up in Claremont is also an avid singer and dancer who often collaborates with her sister, who is a singer-songwriter. Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2022 Whoever thought of it should try being a songwriter. Chris Klimek, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2022 Melanie Chisholm, 48, is an English singer-songwriter best known as a former member of the Spice Girls, whose hits in the late 1990s redefined the all-female pop group. Marc Myers, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2022 Madison O'Hara performs as a singing elf for Christmas parties with her best friend Cooper, but her real dream is to be a singer-songwriter and to find the perfect man. Breanne L. Heldman, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of songwriter was in 1721

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“Songwriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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song·​writ·​er ˈsȯŋ-ˌrīt-ər How to pronounce songwriter (audio)
: a person who composes words or music or both especially for popular songs

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