Definition: Songwriter

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From song + writer, from Middle English song, sang, from Old English sang, from Proto-West Germanic *sangu, from Proto-Germanic *sangwaz (singing, song), from Proto-Indo-European *sengʷʰ- (to sing), and from Middle English writer, writere, from Old English wrītere (draughtsman, painter, writer, scribe, copyist) and ġewritere (writer, composer).


songwriter (plural songwriters)

  1. A musician who composes songs; especially writing the song's lyrics and/or creating a melody or a tune for the song.
    I have been collaborating with a famous songwriter.

Related terms

  • songwriting
  • singer-songwriter


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