adjective Also, lyrical.
(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.

1575–85; < Latin lyricus < Greek lyrikós. See lyre, -ic

lyrically, adverb
lyricalness, noun
nonlyric, adjective
nonlyrical, adjective
nonlyrically, adverb
nonlyricalness, noun
semilyric, adjective
semilyrical, adjective
semilyrically, adverb
unlyric, adjective
unlyrical, adjective
unlyrically, adverb
unlyricalness, noun
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lyric (ˈlɪrɪk)
1.  of poetry
 a.  expressing the writer's personal feelings and thoughts
 b.  having the form and manner of a song
2.  of or relating to such poetry
3.  (of music) having songlike qualities
4.  (of a singing voice) having a light quality and tone
5.  intended for singing, esp (in classical Greece) to the accompaniment of the lyre
6.  a short poem of songlike quality
7.  (plural) the words of a popular song
[C16: from Latin lyricus, from Greek lurikos, from luralyre]

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Word Origin & History

"a lyric poem," 1580s, from M.Fr. lyrique "short poem expressing personal emotion," from L. lyricus "of or for the lyre," from Gk. lyrikos "singing to the lyre," from lyra "lyre." Meaning "words of a popular song" is first recorded 1876.
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lyric definition

A kind of poetry, generally short, characterized by a musical use of language. Lyric poetry often involves the expression of intense personal emotion. The elegy, the ode, and the sonnet are forms of the lyric poem.

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