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[li-bret-ist] /lɪˈbrɛt ɪst/
the writer of a libretto.
Origin of librettist
From the Italian word librettista, dating back to 1860-65. See libretto, -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Of its immense success widow and librettist were in no doubt.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • There was no holding the inspired librettist and the talented young Composer.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • There are the verses, exclaimed the librettist; I wrote them in an hour.

    The Life of Rossini Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • Handel's librettist, whoever he was, did his work downright badly.

    Old Scores and New Readings

    John F. Runciman
  • The Margaret of Gounod and his librettist is not a real person, but a sort of keepsake beauty who sings keepsake music.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • Its leaves were tattered, and the librettist had long since renounced his pen in favour of auctioneering in the North.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • I am very pleased with you as a librettist, only keep conciseness in view and avoid prolixity.

  • In 1822 he had associated himself with Scribe as librettist, and other operas now followed in quick succession.

  • After Dumas comes the librettist who transposed the story into suitable Italian verse to be set to music.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
British Dictionary definitions for librettist


the author of a libretto
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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