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  1. a person who writes the lyrics for songs.
  2. a lyric poet.
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Origin of lyricist

First recorded in 1880–85; lyric + -ist
Can be confusedlyricist lyrist
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Related Words for lyricist

poet, musician, composer, songwriter, lyrist, songsmith

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British Dictionary definitions for lyricist


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


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

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