I. noun Date: 1581 1. a lyric composition; specifically a lyric poem 2. the words of a song — often used in plural II. adjective Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French lyrique, from Latin lyricus, from Greek lyrikos, from lyra Date: 1567 1. a. suitable for singing to the lyre or for being set to music and sung b. of, relating to, or being drama set to music; especially operatic <
lyric stage
2. a. expressing direct usually intense personal emotion especially in a manner suggestive of song <
lyric poetry
b. exuberant, rhapsodic 3. of an opera singer having a light voice and a melodic style — compare dramatic

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