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

Origin of lyricist

First recorded in 1880–85; lyric + -ist
Can be confusedlyricist lyrist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lyricist

poet, musician, composer, songwriter, lyrist, songsmith

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British Dictionary definitions for lyricist



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

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

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