Lyrical
Lyric Lyr"ic, Lyrical Lyr"ic*al, a. [L. lyricus, Gr. ?: cf. F. lyrique. See {Lyre}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a lyre or harp. [1913 Webster]

2. Fitted to be sung to the lyre; hence, also, appropriate for song; suitable for or suggestive of singing; -- of music or poetry. [1913 Webster]

3. expressing deep personal emotion; -- said especially of poetry which expresses the individual emotions of the poet; as, the dancer's lyrical performance. ``Sweet lyric song.'' --Milton.

Syn: lyric. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • lyrical — [lir′i kəl] adj. 1. LYRIC 2. characterized by or expressing rapture or great enthusiasm [a lyrical account of her trip] lyrically adv …   English World dictionary

  • lyrical — 1580s, from LYRIC (Cf. lyric) (n.) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Related: Lyrically …   Etymology dictionary

  • lyrical — [adj] musical agreeable, blending, chiming, choral, dulcet, emotional, euphonious, expressive, harmonious, lilting, melodic, melodious, operatic, orchestral, passionate, pleasing, poetic, rhapsodic, rhythmic, songful, songlike, soulful, sweet… …   New thesaurus

  • lyrical — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel ▪ become, wax ▪ He waxed lyrical about the variety of fish in the river. ADVERB ▪ intensely …   Collocations dictionary

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  • lyrical — lyr|i|cal [ˈlırıkəl] adj 1.) beautifully expressed in words, poetry, or music ▪ lyrical love poetry 2.) wax lyrical to talk about and praise something in a very eager way ▪ One fisherman waxed lyrical about the variety of fish in the river.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lyrical — adjective 1 beautifully expressed in words, poetry, or music: Lawrence s lyrical descriptions of the natural world 2 wax lyrical to talk about and praise something in a very eager way: Simon waxed lyrical on the joys of hill walking. lyrically /… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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