- (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.
Origin of lyric
Related Words for lyricchoral, coloratura, mellifluous, melodic, melodious, poetic, tuneful, songful
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Contemporary Examples of lyric
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
December 29, 2014
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
September 29, 2014
Ever the showman, he asks if he can play the tape forward, sing the lyric once, play that “backmasked stuff,” then sing that.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
Tragic, lyric, ironic, dramatic, realistic, surrealistic—a sure winner.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea
May 18, 2014
Lyric writing has to exist in time … Therefore it must be crystal clear as it goes on.Sondheim on Sondheim: American Musical Theater in Six Songs
December 9, 2013
Historical Examples of lyric
From the beginning to the end of his career he was as much a lyric poet as a dramatist.
"Hamlet," on the other hand, is almost a lyric; there is no counterpoise to the student-prince.
In considering it we should come to an understanding of the nature of lyric, the purpose of this essay.The Lyric
Such a poem must have its own immortality in lyric literature.Italy, the Magic Land
He wrote a thesis on the lyric poetry of our country comparing it with that of Europe.My Reminiscences
- (of poetry)
- 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
Word Origin for lyric
"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.