from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who writes plays; a playwright.

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  • n. playwright

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The author of a dramatic composition; a writer of plays.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The author of a dramatic composition; a writer of plays; a playwright.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who writes plays


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  • Yet the Washington-based dramatist is one of the country's leading comic playwrights, thanks to such fat and loopy hits as the musical "Crazy for You" and the evergreen "Lend Me a Tenor," the mashup of opera and mistaken identity that was revived on Broadway last year (and is nearly always playing somewhere).

    Ken Ludwig returns to Signature Theatre with golf farce 'A Fox in the Fairway'

  • At this point the faint suggestion you might be a self dramatist is announced sotto voce by the clarinet and the motif gathers to full orchestral grandeur as you proceed.

    Archive 2007-11-25

  • It has been said that 'the business of the dramatist is to keep himself out of sight and to let nothing appear but his characters'.

    Jacinto Benavente - Banquet Speech

  • So long as we have human hearts and await human destinies, so long as we are alive to the pathos, the dignity, the comedy of human life, so long shall we continue to rank above the philosopher, higher than the politician, the great artist, be he called dramatist or historian, who makes us conscious of the divine movement of events, and of our fathers who were before us.

    Obiter Dicta

  • Tom Stoppard is often characterized as a dramatist who mixes intimidating cleverness with extravagant showmanship, but in

    Evening Standard - Home

  • The essential requirement is to remember that Lyly the dramatist is the same man as Lyly the euphuist, and that his audience was always a company of courtiers, with Queen Elizabeth in their midst, infatuated with admiration for the new phraseology and mode of thought known as Euphuism.

    The Growth of English Drama

  • The dramatist should be the catholic collector and wise interpreter of those ideas which the crowd, in its conservatism, feels already to be safely true.

    The Theory of the Theatre

  • Thereby they miss the proper function of the dramatist, which is to imagine some aspect of the perennial struggle between human wills so forcibly as to make us realise it, in the full sense of the word, -- realise it as we daily fail to realise the countless struggles we ourselves engage in.

    The Theory of the Theatre

  • The distribution of light belongs to the vision itself of the picture; as the technique of a dramatist is his dramatic conception itself.

    Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic

  • BETTER known as a dramatist, —he was the joint-author of “Frou-frou” and of the “Grande Duchesse de Geroldstein, ”—the writer of this vigorous portrait has won fame also as a novelist, and his charming novel, the “Abbé Constantin, ” has had thousands of readers.

    Notes to The Insurgent By Ludovic Halévy


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