[lahyuh r-ist for 1; lir-ist for 2]


a person who plays the lyre or who sings and accompanies himself or herself on the lyre.
a lyric poet.

Origin of lyrist

1650–60; < Latin lyristēs < Greek lyristḗs. See lyre, -ist
Can be confusedlyricist lyrist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lyrist

Historical Examples of lyrist

  • The Parisian did not cease to be a Provençal; and the novelist was a lyrist still.

  • You are as delightful a lyrist as you are a sonneteer, and I could not give you higher praise.

  • Let it be noted, however, that the lyrist has used a poetic licence in his dates.

    English Pictures

    Samuel Manning

  • His tantalizing gleams of talent as a lyrist have been already mentioned.

    The Age of Dryden

    Richard Garnett

  • Moore was termed a 'lyrist,' and here we are told about his lyre.



British Dictionary definitions for lyrist



(ˈlaɪərɪst) a person who plays the lyre
(ˈlɪrɪst) another word for lyricist (def. 2)
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