lyricist

[ lir-uh-sist ]
/ ˈlɪr ə sɪst /

noun

a person who writes the lyrics for songs.
a lyric poet.

Nearby words

  1. lyre-form sofa,
  2. lyrebird,
  3. lyric,
  4. lyrical,
  5. lyricism,
  6. lyricize,
  7. lyrids,
  8. lyriform,
  9. lyrism,
  10. lyrist

Origin of lyricist

First recorded in 1880–85; lyric + -ist

Can be confusedlyricist lyrist

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British Dictionary definitions for lyricist

lyricist

/ (ˈlɪrɪsɪst) /

noun

a person who writes the words for a song, opera, or musical play
Also called: lyrist a lyric poet
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Word Origin and History for lyricist

lyricist

n.

1832, "one skilled in lyric composition;" from lyric + -ist. Meaning "one who writes lyrics" is from 1908.

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