[ lir-ik ]
/ ˈlɪr ɪk /

adjective Also lyr·i·cal.


a lyric poem.
Often lyrics. the words of a song.

Origin of lyric

1575–85; < Latin lyricus < Greek lyrikós. See lyre, -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for lyric

/ (ˈlɪrɪk) /



a short poem of songlike quality
(plural) the words of a popular song
Also (for senses 1–4): lyrical

Derived forms of lyric

lyrically, adverblyricalness, noun

Word Origin for lyric

C16: from Latin lyricus, from Greek lurikos, from lura lyre
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Cultural definitions for lyric


A kind of poetry, generally short, characterized by a musical use of language. Lyric poetry often involves the expression of intense personal emotion. The elegy, the ode, and the sonnet are forms of the lyric poem.

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