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

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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LeBlanc, son of songwriter James LeBlanc, relocated to Nashville this January. Matt Wake |, al, "Rising Muscle Shoals musicians go back to the ’80s," 9 Aug. 2019 Chris Stapleton at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Nashville is a songwriter’s town — just ask Chris Stapleton. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 8 Aug. 2019 Musical Showcase Series with Gregory Page, 6 p.m., Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. Join the library for a night of music from singer, songwriter Gregory Page. Ramona Sentinel, "Ramona Calendar of Events: Aug. 8-14," 7 Aug. 2019 Segall graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 2005 with a high school songwriter scholarship in hand. Daily Pilot, "Musician Ty Segall releases new album — ‘a snapshot’ of his Laguna Beach childhood," 1 Aug. 2019 His music and writing carry his exploration of long-distance walking in Japan, across the U.S. and Europe, and Garfunkel's latest studio album, in 2007, nods to 20th-century songwriters. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Brown County Music Center schedule includes Josh Turner, Art Garfunkel and more this fall," 1 July 2019 Singer/songwriter Billy Joel takes over the Orioles’ ballpark on July 26. Baltimore Sun,, "Summer starts here: Baltimore restaurants, festivals and shows to check out this season," 24 June 2019 Singer songwriter @yuna met filmmaker @adamyousofunny in a story fit for a romantic comedy. Riley & Grey, Harper's BAZAAR, "When It Comes to Wedding Planning, Is Instagram the New Pinterest?," 30 July 2019 The songwriters include Perry and Sarah Hudson, who only worked on the lyrics, along with Juicy J, who only penned his guest verse. Vanna Quiroz, CBS News, "Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" copied Christian rap song, jury finds," 29 July 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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