American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music See lyricist.
- n. Music One who plays a lyre.
- n. A lyric poet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A performer on the lyre; a composer, singer, or reciter of lyrics.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A musician who plays on the harp or lyre; a composer of lyrical poetry.
- n. a person who writes the words for songs
- lyre + -ist (Wiktionary)
- Latin lyristēs, lyre player, from Greek luristēs, from lura, lyre. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“lyrist," appear only when the time is ripe for them.”
“Romanus, St. Romanos the Melodist the great ecclesiastical lyrist of the Greek Church, composed for it a hymn”
“It is long since we have as good a lyrist; it will be long before we have his superior.”
“The lyrist strikes the string; gay youths advance,”
“Live music was provided by an accomplished lyrist dressed in Greek slave's robes.”
“As I write this, I am tempted to wish that, instead of having been a lyrist by birth, I could become one by conviction: a lyrist by my own choice.”
“I was born to be a lyrist, and I have always remained one.”
“Blake, deeply romantic as he is by nature, virtually stands by himself, apart from any movement or group, and the same is equally true of the somewhat earlier lyrist in whom eighteenth century poetry culminates, namely Robert Burns.”
“Moore was another lyrist whose poetry Scott greatly admired.”
“But in the pity almost divine with which Hood sings her fate there is not only a spotless delicacy, there is also a morality as elevated as the heavenly mercy which the lyrist breathes.”
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