- (of poetry) having the form and musical quality of a song, and especially the character of a songlike outpouring of the poet's own thoughts and feelings, as distinguished from epic and dramatic poetry.
- pertaining to or writing lyric poetry: a lyric poet.
- characterized by or expressing spontaneous, direct feeling: a lyric song; lyric writing.
- pertaining to, rendered by, or employing singing.
- (of a voice) relatively light of volume and modest in range: a lyric soprano.
- pertaining, adapted, or sung to the lyre, or composing poems to be sung to the lyre: ancient Greek lyric odes.
- a lyric poem.
- Often lyrics. the words of a song.
Origin of lyric
- (of poetry)
- expressing the writer's personal feelings and thoughts
- having the form and manner of a song
- of or relating to such poetry
- (of music) having songlike qualities
- (of a singing voice) having a light quality and tone
- intended for singing, esp (in classical Greece) to the accompaniment of the lyre
- a short poem of songlike quality
- (plural) the words of a popular song
Word Origin and History for non-lyrical
"a lyric poem," 1580s, from Middle French lyrique "short poem expressing personal emotion," from Latin lyricus "of or for the lyre," from Greek lyrikos "singing to the lyre," from lyra (see lyre). Meaning "words of a popular song" is first recorded 1876. Related: lyrics.