[ leed; German leet ]
/ lid; German lit /

noun, plural lied·er [lee-der; German lee-duhr] /ˈli dər; German ˈli dər/.

a typically 19th-century German art song characterized by the setting of a poetic text in either strophic or through-composed style and the treatment of the piano and voice in equal artistic partnership: Schubert lieder.
Compare art song.

Origin of lied

Borrowed into English from German around 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lieder

/ (liːd, German liːt) /

noun plural lieder (ˈliːdə, German ˈliːdər)

music any of various musical settings for solo voice and piano of a romantic or lyrical poem, for which composers such as Schubert, Schumann, and Wolf are famous

Word Origin for lied

from German: song
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Culture definitions for lieder

[ (lee-duhr) ]

The plural of lied, the German word for “song.” It refers to art songs in German mainly from the nineteenth century. The most notable composer of lieder was Franz Schubert.

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