song·​writ·​er | \ ˈsȯŋ-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce songwriter (audio) \

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 How to pronounce songwriting (audio) \ 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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Notable moments included singer-songwriter Lou Doillon nestled between fleurs, her signature bangs peeking through. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Jorja Smith, Emily Ratajkowski, and More," 7 Apr. 2019 Who: British singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya’s debut record is already getting a ton of buzz. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Sound On: The Best Music of March 2019," 1 Apr. 2019 The young singer-songwriter from London offers a debut album that expands on her early sound while drawing on her wealth of pop knowledge. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Miss Universe’ by Nilüfer Yanya Review: Her Voice Is the Center of the Galaxy," 20 Mar. 2019 For actress and singer-songwriter Minnie Driver, that place happens to be a trailer park. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Minnie Driver Turns a Double Wide Trailer Into a Beachside Oasis with One Kings Lane," 22 Feb. 2019 Indie rock singer-songwriter Beth Ditto has made a name for herself as an outspoken feminist lesbian. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Beth Ditto Responds to London Pride TERF Controversy With Inspiring Instagram Post: 'We Keep Trying'," 13 July 2018 Singer-songwriter Sam Anderson will open the evening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "River rockers, kid actors and peaches make the top 10 list of things to do in DFW," 11 July 2018 Fortunately, the festival did book several interesting newcomers, like alternative-country singer-songwriter Becca Mancari. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 9: Janelle Monáe, Flaming Lips, BØRNS, Judah & the Lion and more," 7 July 2018 Singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, one of Gomez's frequent collaborators, was also a guest, according to People, although she wasn't seen in the photo booth images. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Was a Beautiful Maid of Honor at Her Best Friend's Wedding," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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