[dram-uh-tist, drah-muh-]


a writer of dramas or dramatic poetry; playwright.

Origin of dramatist

1670–80; < Greek drāmat- (see dramatic) + -ist
Related formssu·per·dram·a·tist, noun
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Related Words for dramatist

writer, author, dramaturge

Examples from the Web for dramatist

Contemporary Examples of dramatist

Historical Examples of dramatist

  • The first scene of the second act shows us how Shakespeare, the dramatist, worked.

  • From the beginning to the end of his career he was as much a lyric poet as a dramatist.

  • The play was the latest work of the Scandinavian dramatist, the actress was Glory Quayle.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • These are the main outlines of Schnitzler's work as a dramatist.

  • It is not the artist's business (be he dramatist or other) to preach.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for dramatist



a writer of plays; playwright
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Word Origin and History for dramatist

1670s, see drama (Greek stem dramat-) + -ist.

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