(of poetry) having the form and musical quality of a song, and especially the character of a songlike outpouring of the poet's own thoughts and feelings, as distinguished from epic and dramatic poetry.
pertaining to or writing lyric poetry: a lyric poet.
characterized by or expressing spontaneous, direct feeling: a lyric song; lyric writing.
pertaining to, rendered by, or employing singing.
(of a voice) relatively light of volume and modest in range: a lyric soprano.
pertaining, adapted, or sung to the lyre, or composing poems to be sung to the lyre: ancient Greek lyric odes.
a lyric poem.
Often lyrics. the words of a song.
- lyr·i·cal·ly, adverb
- lyr·i·cal·ness, noun
- non·lyr·ic, adjective
- non·lyr·i·cal, adjective
- non·lyr·i·cal·ly, adverb
- non·lyr·i·cal·ness, noun
- sem·i·lyr·ic, adjective
- sem·i·lyr·i·cal, adjective
- sem·i·lyr·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·lyr·ic, adjective
- un·lyr·i·cal, adjective
- un·lyr·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·lyr·i·cal·ness, noun
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How to use lyric in a sentence
Someone to finish Patsy Cline lyrics when I’m singing terribly.
Meanwhile, the updated version of Apple Music that rolled out with iOS 12 in 2018 included a way to search by lyrics, instead of just artist, album or song title.Spotify confirms it’s (finally) testing a lyrics feature in the U.S. | Sarah Perez | February 9, 2021 | TechCrunch
There’s power in the melodies, power in those notes, power in those lyrics.Motown President Ethiopia Habtemariam on Steering the Legendary Label Through the Pandemic | Eben Shapiro | February 7, 2021 | Time
It speaks about where one is from—through rap lyrics, DJing, graffiti, or breakdancing—by incorporating local slang, references, neighborhood tales, sounds, and styles.Contemporary hip hop embodies a dynamic Pan Africanism | Msia Kibona Clark | February 3, 2021 | Quartz
So, imagine sending a health reporter to cover the impact of listening to certain rap lyrics over and over again, all while not understanding the context of the lyrics, where they come from, or what they’re saying.Video games deserve better than blanket, parachute coverage from reporters who don’t get it | Gene Park | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
Is there any better Beyoncé lyric to use in response to the most shocking celebrity tape this side of One Night in Paris?Yoncé Said Knock You Out: The Solange and Jay Z Story | Kevin O’Keeffe | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
George would take out his lyric book and acoustic guitar and play us the song we would be working on that day.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More | Gary Wright | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead, we had Spears begging for male attention with the provocative lyric, “Hit me baby, one more time.”Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl: The Halcyon '90s and Feminism's Resurgence in Pop Music | Amanda Marcotte | August 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ever the showman, he asks if he can play the tape forward, sing the lyric once, play that “backmasked stuff,” then sing that.
Tragic, lyric, ironic, dramatic, realistic, surrealistic—a sure winner.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea | Michael Weiss | May 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With a prickly heat suffusing my whole body and a melting sensation at the collar I struggled through the wretched lyric once.
True hymns are sacred lyrics, and a lyric to be lyrical and heart appealing, must be inevitable.Hymns from the East | John Brownlie
Henrietta Sontag, one of first lyric artists of the day, died at Mexico, aged about 50.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Jinny's pages looked like a wild, straggling lyric, flung off in a rapture and meticulously revised.The Creators | May Sinclair
Anacreon, the lyric poet, was his contemporary, and all his poetry abounds with the praises of Polycrates.
British Dictionary definitions for lyric
expressing the writer's personal feelings and thoughts
having the form and manner of a song
of or relating to such poetry
(of music) having songlike qualities
(of a singing voice) having a light quality and tone
intended for singing, esp (in classical Greece) to the accompaniment of the lyre
a short poem of songlike quality
(plural) the words of a popular song
- Also (for senses 1–4): lyrical
- lyrically, adverb
- lyricalness, noun
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Cultural definitions for lyric
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