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[lahyuh r-ist for 1; lir-ist for 2]
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  1. a person who plays the lyre or who sings and accompanies himself or herself on the lyre.
  2. a lyric poet.
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Origin of lyrist

1650–60; < Latin lyristēs < Greek lyristḗs. See lyre, -ist
Can be confusedlyricist lyrist
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Related Words for lyrist

poet, musician, composer, songwriter, lyricist, writer, dramatist, author, artist, lyrist, dilettante, rhymer, bard, versifier, maker, parodist, librettist, rhymester, muse, poetess

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Historical Examples of lyrist

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

    The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)

    Alphonse Daudet

  • 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


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