a composer or a singer of melodies.

Origin of melodist

First recorded in 1780–90; melod(y) + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for melodist

Historical Examples of melodist

  • His songs prove him to be a melodist, the most original since Brahms in this form.

  • Leoncavallo is never much of a melodist, and 'Pagliacci' teems with reminiscences.

    The Opera

    R.A. Streatfeild

  • Italy has produced no melodist equal to him, and Germany only one—Franz Schubert.

  • Bellini was essentially a melodist, a lyric composer of ideallic naiveté.

  • It sometimes is contended that Wagner adopted his system of leading motives because he was not a melodist.

British Dictionary definitions for melodist



a composer of melodies
a singer
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