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  1. The words to a song.
  2. Plural of lyric

Extensive Definition

Lyrics (in singular form Lyric) are a set of words that accompany music, either by speaking or singing. The word 'Lyric' derives from the Greek word for a song sung by the lyre, "lyrikos".
The word lyric came to be used for the "words of a song"; this meaning was recorded in 1829. The common plural (perhaps because of the association between the plurals 'lyrics' and 'words'), predominates contemporary usage. Use of the singular form 'lyric' remains grammatically acceptable, yet is considered erroneous in referring to a singular song word as a 'lyric'. The sung words of a song are called "lyrics".

See also


lyrics in German: Liedtext
lyrics in Spanish: Letra (música)
lyrics in French: Paroles (chanson)
lyrics in Korean: 노래 가사
lyrics in Malay (macrolanguage): Lirik
lyrics in Dutch: Liedtekst
lyrics in Japanese: 歌詞
lyrics in Portuguese: Letra (música)
lyrics in Simple English: Lyrics
lyrics in Finnish: Sanoitukset
lyrics in Chinese: 歌詞
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