lyricist

[lir-uh-sist]
noun
1.
a person who writes the lyrics for songs.
2.
a lyric poet.

Origin:
1880–85; lyric + -ist

lyricist, lyrist.
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lyricist (ˈlɪrɪsɪst)
 
n
1.  a person who writes the words for a song, opera, or musical play
2.  Also called: lyrist a lyric poet

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lyricist
1881, "one skilled in lyric composition;" from lyric + -ist. Meaning "one who writes lyrics" is from 1909.
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