Definition of lyricist in English:

lyricist

noun

  • A person who writes the words to a popular song or musical.

    • ‘The composers and lyricists are scarcely remembered today, but the music-hall song set the wheels of Tin Pan Alley in motion, established the practice of song plugging, and founded a new industry.’
    • ‘Hence the lyricists are forced to write such verses.’
    • ‘We think the lyricist was a musical comedian and the song was written about 1900, maybe slightly earlier.’
    • ‘Songs from the '20s, '30s and '40s represent collaboration with lyricists Oscar Hammerstein II, Ira Gershwin and others.’
    • ‘The public rendering of songs is not wrong if due acknowledgement is given to the lyricist, composer and musicians.’
    • ‘As one of his favourite lyricists wrote: ‘Who can ask for anything more‘?’
    • ‘The songs were composed by lyricists Shakeel Badayuni or Sahir Ludhianvi, set to music by Naushad Ali and sung by Mohamad Rafi.’
    • ‘He seemed such a beautiful and troubled person, so talented, I'm glad I learnt that he was also a fantastic artist as well as lyricist and song writer.’
    • ‘I think a lot of lyricists are poets and writers.’
    • ‘The songs written by a young lyricist, Nandakumar, focus on maternal affection.’
    • ‘Gray the lyricist knows that a song is more than just good music and it's the lyrics that make his albums powerful.’
    • ‘She is trying her hand at becoming a music composer and a lyricist.’
    • ‘Both country music lyricists and Elizabethan lyricists emphasize figurative language.’
    • ‘He started out in ‘show business’ as a singing waiter, deciding to write lyrics because lyricists got paid more than singers.’
    • ‘It is so because the ghazals are written predominantly by male lyricists.’
    • ‘I have always found it astounding that the lyricist of a song which almost ended up as our National Anthem never even visited our island nation.’
    • ‘Rennie is a gifted lyricist, and the songs are full of great lines and images.’
    • ‘He contributes at least as much wit as his lyricists.’
    • ‘The evening will encompass the well-known as well as the recherché material of these writers, be they lyricists or musicians.’
    • ‘Javed Akhtar is responsible for many of my successes, being the lyricist of the songs that I sung.’
    writer, man of letters, woman of letters, wordsmith
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Pronunciation

lyricist

/ˈlɪrɪsɪst/