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[pley-rahyt] /ˈpleɪˌraɪt/
a writer of plays; dramatist.
Origin of playwright
1680-90; play + wright Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You never hesitated; on the contrary, you jumped at the chance of so easy an opening to your career as playwright.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • Every playwright sees the comic opportunity of the Menæchmi fable.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • As to the voluptuaries, I can assure them that the playwright, whether he be myself or another, will always disappoint them.

    Mrs. Warren's Profession George Bernard Shaw
  • It is difficult to say whether or not Chesterton is a playwright.

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton Patrick Braybrooke
  • "The editor listened to the story," continued the playwright.

    May Iverson's Career Elizabeth Jordan
British Dictionary definitions for playwright


a person who writes plays
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for playwright

1680s, from play (n.) + wright.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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