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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for librettist

Contemporary Examples of librettist

  • Von Hofmannsthal is best remembered now as the librettist of Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier.

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    The Best of Brit Lit

    Peter Stothard

    November 4, 2009

Historical Examples of librettist

  • Of its immense success widow and librettist were in no doubt.


    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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for librettist



the author of a libretto
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