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lyricist

[lir-uh-sist] /ˈlɪr ə sɪst/
noun
1.
a person who writes the lyrics for songs.
2.
a lyric poet.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; lyric + -ist
Can be confused
lyricist, lyrist.
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Examples for lyricist
  • Less partial readers, however, may regret that his talent as a lyricist does not obviously translate into writing books.
  • The author of a musical composition is generally the composer, and the lyricist, if any.
British Dictionary definitions for lyricist

lyricist

/ˈlɪrɪsɪst/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for lyricist
n.

1832, "one skilled in lyric composition;" from lyric + -ist. Meaning "one who writes lyrics" is from 1908.

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