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[lahyuh r-ist for 1; lir-ist for 2] /ˈlaɪər ɪst for 1; ˈlɪr ɪst for 2/
a person who plays the lyre or who sings and accompanies himself or herself on the lyre.
a lyric poet.
Origin of lyrist
1650-60; < Latin lyristēs < Greek lyristḗs. See lyre, -ist
Can be confused
lyricist, lyrist. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for lyrist
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  • The Parisian did not cease to be a Provençal; and the novelist was a lyrist still.

    The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • You are as delightful a lyrist as you are a sonneteer, and I could not give you higher praise.

    Louise Chandler Moulton Lilian Whiting
  • Let it be noted, however, that the lyrist has used a poetic licence in his dates.

    English Pictures Samuel Manning
  • His tantalizing gleams of talent as a lyrist have been already mentioned.

    The Age of Dryden Richard Garnett
  • Moore was termed a 'lyrist,' and here we are told about his lyre.

    Adonais Shelley
  • Him too, never celebrated by any other tongue, I the Roman lyrist first made known.

  • As a lyrist Scott especially excelled, and as a novelist he takes rank among the foremost.

  • He is the first Scottish lyrist and the introducer of the pastoral to English literature.

  • The lyrist complains to Love, pities Love for her scorning, and threatens to go away with Love, who is on his side.

    The Spirit of Place Alice Meynell
  • The dramatic writer ought to disappear in his drama; if he does not do so he is not a dramatic writer, but a lyrist in disguise.

    Nineteenth Century Questions James Freeman Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for lyrist


(ˈlaɪərɪst). a person who plays the lyre
(ˈlɪrɪst) another word for lyricist (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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