AskDefine | Define lyric

Dictionary Definition

lyric adj
1 expressing deep personal emotion; "the dancer's lyrical performance" [syn: lyrical]
2 used of a singer or singing voice that is light in volume and modest in range; "a lyric soprano" [ant: dramatic]
3 relating to or being musical drama; "the lyric stage"
4 of or relating to a category of poetry that expresses emotion (often in a songlike way); "lyric poetry"


1 the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number; "his compositions always started with the lyrics"; "he wrote both words and music"; "the song uses colloquial language" [syn: words, language]
2 a short poem of songlike quality [syn: lyric poem] v : write lyrics for (a song)

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈliɹ.ɪk/
  • /"lIrIk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪrɪk


  1. Of, or relating to a type of poetry (such as a sonnet or ode) that expresses subjective thoughts and feelings, often in a songlike style
  2. Of, or relating to a writer of such poetry
  3. lyrical
  4. Having a light singing voice of modest range
  5. Of, or relating to musical drama and opera
  6. melodious
  7. Of, or relating to the lyre (or sometimes the harp)

Derived terms


  1. A lyric poem
  2. italbrac plural The words of a song or musical drama

Derived terms


The words of a song or musical drama

Extensive Definition

Lyric may refer to:
  • Lyric poetry is a form of poetry that expresses a subjective, personal point of view
  • Lyric, from the Greek language, a song sung with a lyre
  • Lyrics, the composition in verse which is sung to a melody to constitute a song
  • Lyric is a classification of the human voice in European classical music. The adjective describes a specific vocal weight and a range at the upper end of the given voice part, e.g. lyric soprano; see voice type
  • Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland, locally referred to as just "the Lyric"
  • Lyric FM, a Radio Telefís Éireann radio station
  • Lyric (R&B), an R&B girl group briefly signed to J Records from 2002–2003; known for the song, "Young and Sexy".
  • Lyric, a single released in June 2003 by the "indie supergroup" Zwan.
  • Lyrics, an ESRB content rating advisor
  • Lyric, a video vixen

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