Lyric Definition

lĭrĭk
adjective
Of or relating to a category of poetry that expresses subjective thoughts and feelings, often in a songlike style or form.
American Heritage
Suitable for singing, as to the accompaniment of a lyre; songlike; specif., designating poetry or a poem mainly expressing the poet's emotions and feelings: sonnets, elegies, odes, hymns, etc. are lyric poems.
Webster's New World
Writing or having written lyric poetry.
Webster's New World
Of or relating to a writer of poems in this category.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
dramatic
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noun
A lyric poem.
Webster's New World
The words of a song, as distinguished from the music.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
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Other Word Forms of Lyric

Noun

Singular:
lyric
Plural:
lyrics

Origin of Lyric

  • French lyrique of a lyre from Old French from Latin lyricus from Greek lurikos from lura lyre

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French lyrique, or its source, Latin lyricus, from Ancient Greek λυρικός (lurikos), from λύρα (lura, “lyre").

    From Wiktionary

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