- (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
Examples from the Web for lyrical
From a lyrical standpoint, there are precious few that can catch Kendrick.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
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He loved simplicity in his musical arrangements, which allowed his lyrical message and melodies to shine through.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
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The lyrical declamation has inspired luminaries ranging from Kurt Vonnegut to Robert Frost.James Franco and Scott Haze on 'The Sound and the Fury' and Gawker 'Outing' Them As A 'Couple'
September 6, 2014
This dad read it as the latter and wrote his own lyrical rebuttal to the tune.Competitive Eaters, Breaking Bad in Space, and More Viral Videos
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The last two were the main events, promising an epic showdown of lyrical skill.America’s Poets: Battle Rap Gets Real
July 15, 2014
This lyrical vision restores it, whole, complete, and literal.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
His special sphere in the restoration and preservation of the old was in lyrical poetry.The Balladists
"You are lyrical, after all, Ellenora," he remarked in his most critical manner.Melomaniacs
Brorson is without doubt the most lyrical of all Danish hymnwriters.Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark
Jens Christian Aaberg
His genius should be less epic and didactic, than lyrical and popular.
- (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 and History for lyrical
"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.