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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Buffett, who was born in Pascagoula and grew up in Mobile, co-wrote the song with singer-songwriter and producer McAnally. Michelle Matthews |,, "‘Gulf Coast Girl’ captures spirit of summer at the beach," 3 July 2019 The guitarist and songwriter, born in Windsor, got his start as a teenager playing at rhythm and blues clubs around Hartford, went on to form the band the Wildweeds and eventually ended up playing in NRBQ for a couple decades. John Adamian,, "Big Al Anderson and the Floor Models playing The Kate," 28 June 2019 The event was hosted by NBC News' Sheinelle Jones and singer-songwriter Brynn Elliott performed for the crowd at Cipriani on 42nd Street. CBS News, "Erin Moriarty honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation," 26 June 2019 One of its original fiercest critics, songwriter David Lowery, came out in support of Genius this week. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "What the Google-Genius Copyright Dispute Is Really About," 18 June 2019 But Lennox has always been more than just a singer-songwriter, albeit one with four Grammy Awards, an Oscar, and 80 million records sold worldwide. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Annie Lennox Traveled the World and the Seven Seas—and Made an Exhibit of Her Life," 25 May 2019 Finalists will be chosen by a group of both local and national writers and songwriters, and the winner will be determined among those finalists by online voting. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Is it time for another national anthem? New competition lets Americans try to write one," 3 July 2018 Each Day Is a Gift’ Their daughter, 33, is a singer-songwriter herself, but has mainly focused her attention on the fashion industry recently, having graced the cover of Bella magazine’s Beauty Issue last year. Matt Mcnulty,, "Christie Brinkley Says She Still Has Singalongs with Ex-Husband Billy Joel," 25 June 2019 In Yesterday, that is British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who, playing himself, discovers and promotes Jack. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Rom-Com Master Richard Curtis Is Still Trying to Prove That All We Need Is Love," 20 June 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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