lyric

[ lir-ik ]
/ ˈlɪr ɪk /

adjective Also lyr·i·cal.

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. lyre,
  2. lyre back,
  3. lyre snake,
  4. lyre-form sofa,
  5. lyrebird,
  6. lyrical,
  7. lyricism,
  8. lyricist,
  9. lyricize,
  10. lyrids

Origin of lyric

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

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British Dictionary definitions for lyric

lyric

/ (ˈlɪrɪk) /

adjective

noun

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

Derived Formslyrically, adverblyricalness, noun

Word Origin for lyric

C16: from Latin lyricus, from Greek lurikos, from lura lyre

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Word Origin and History for lyric

lyric

n.

"a lyric poem," 1580s, from Middle French lyrique "short poem expressing personal emotion," from Latin lyricus "of or for the lyre," from Greek lyrikos "singing to the lyre," from lyra (see lyre). Meaning "words of a popular song" is first recorded 1876. Related: lyrics.

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Culture definitions for lyric

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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