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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songwriting \ ˈsȯŋ-​ˌrī-​tiŋ How to pronounce songwriting (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Singer and songwriter Rosalía is the new ambassador for MAC Cosmetics VIVA GLAM campaign. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Rosalía is MAC Cosmetics' New VIVA GLAM Ambassador," 31 Aug. 2020 Named after Townes Van Zandt and born to outlaw country star Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle was a prolific singer and songwriter on his own path with alt-country and Americana. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Local musicians remember Justin Townes Earle: ‘His highs were very high, and his lows were very low’," 25 Aug. 2020 Award-winning Americana singer and songwriter Justin Townes Earle has died at the age of 38. Lauren Huff,, "Justin Townes Earle, Americana singer-songwriter, dies at 38," 24 Aug. 2020 Justin Townes Earle, an accomplished alt-country singer and songwriter who was a son of country-rock firebrand Steve Earle, has died at age 38. Ben Sisario,, "Justin Townes Earle, singer-songwriter in father’s footsteps, dies at 38," 24 Aug. 2020 The highest new album entry this week belongs to homegrown singer and songwriter Emma Swift, whose collection of Bob Dylan covers Blonde On The Tracks (MGM) start at No. 9, and rules the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’ Hits No. 1 In Australia," 24 Aug. 2020 It was announced on Sunday that the singer and songwriter Justin Townes Earle had died at the age of thirty-eight. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Tragic Charisma of Justin Townes Earle," 24 Aug. 2020 Justin Townes Earle, an accomplished alt-country singer and songwriter who was a son of the country-rock firebrand Steve Earle, died on Thursday at his home in Nashville. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "Justin Townes Earle, Singer-Songwriter in Father’s Footsteps, Dies at 38," 24 Aug. 2020 Gondal works as a fashion stylist during the day, while Hasan is a singer and songwriter. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "These Two Friends Are Bringing Fabulous, Modest Style to TikTok," 23 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of songwriter

1721, in the meaning defined above

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“Songwriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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: a person who writes the words or music to songs

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