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play·wright

 (plā′rīt′)
n.
One who writes plays; a dramatist.
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playwright

(ˈpleɪˌraɪt)
n
(Theatre) a person who writes plays
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play•wright

(ˈpleɪˌraɪt)

n.
a writer of plays; dramatist.
[1680–90]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.playwright - someone who writes playsplaywright - someone who writes plays    
author, writer - writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
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playwright

noun dramatist, scriptwriter, tragedian, dramaturge, dramaturgist the German playwright Bertolt Brecht
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Translations
كاتِب مَسْرَحيكَاتِبٌ مَسْرَحِيّ
dramatik
skuespilforfatter
näytelmäkirjailija
dramski pisac
leikritaskáld
脚本家
극작가
skådespelsförfattare
ผู้เขียนบทละคร
nhà viết kịch

playwright

[ˈpleɪraɪt] Ndramaturgo/a m/f
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playwright

[ˈpleɪraɪt] ndramaturge m/f
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playwright

nDramatiker(in) m(f); (contemporary also) → Stückeschreiber(in) m(f)
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playwright

[ˈpleɪˌraɪt] ncommediografo/a, drammaturgo/a
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play

(plei) verb
1. to amuse oneself. The child is playing in the garden; He is playing with his toys; The little girl wants to play with her friends.
2. to take part in (games etc). He plays football; He is playing in goal; Here's a pack of cards – who wants to play (with me)?; I'm playing golf with him this evening.
3. to act in a play etc; to act (a character). She's playing Lady Macbeth; The company is playing in London this week.
4. (of a play etc) to be performed. `Oklahoma' is playing at the local theatre.
5. to (be able to) perform on (a musical instrument). She plays the piano; Who was playing the piano this morning?; He plays (the oboe) in an orchestra.
6. (usually with on) to carry out or do (a trick). He played a trick on me.
7. (usually with at) to compete against (someone) in a game etc. I'll play you at tennis.
8. (of light) to pass with a flickering movement. The firelight played across the ceiling.
9. to direct (over or towards something). The firemen played their hoses over the burning house.
10. to put down or produce (a playing-card) as part of a card game. He played the seven of hearts.
noun
1. recreation; amusement. A person must have time for both work and play.
2. an acted story; a drama. Shakespeare wrote many great plays.
3. the playing of a game. At the start of today's play, England was leading India by fifteen runs.
4. freedom of movement (eg in part of a machine).
ˈplayer noun
ˈplayable adjective
(negative unplayable) (of a ground, pitch etc) not good enough for a game to be played on it. Because of the rain the referee decided the ground was not playable.
ˈplayful adjective
1. happy; full of the desire to play. a playful kitten.
2. joking; not serious. a playful remark.
ˈplayfully adverb
ˈplayfulness noun
ˈplayboy noun
a rich man who spends his time and money on pleasure.
ˈplayground noun
an area in which children can play in a park, outside a school etc.
ˈplaying-card noun
one of a pack of cards used in card games.
ˈplaying-field noun
a field which is specially prepared and used for sport.
ˈplaymate noun
a childhood friend.
ˈplaypen noun
a small wooden structure with bars on every side in which a small child can play safely.
ˈplayschool noun
an informal nursery school.
ˈplaything noun
a toy.
ˈplaytime noun
a set time for children to play (at school etc). The children go outside at playtime.
ˈplaywright noun
a person who writes plays. He is a famous playwright.
at play
playing. children at play.
bring/come into play
to (cause to) be used or exercised. The job allowed him to bring all his talents into play.
child's play
something that is very easy. Of course you can do it – it's child's play!
in play, out of play
(of a ball) according to the rules of the game, (not) in a position where it can be hit, kicked etc.
play at
1. to pretend to be etc. The children were playing at cowboys and Indians.
2. used when asking angrily what someone is doing. What does he think he's playing at (=doing)?
play back to play (music, speech etc) on a record or tape after it has just been recorded (noun ˈplay-back)
play down
to try to make (something) appear less important. He played down the fact that he had failed the exam.
play fair
to act honestly and fairly.
play for time
to delay an action, decision etc in the hope that conditions will improve.
play havoc with
to cause a lot of damage to. The storm played havoc with the farmer's crops.
play into someone's hands
to do exactly what an opponent or enemy wants one to do.
play off (in games) to play a final deciding game after a draw (noun ˈplay-off)
play off against
to set (one person) against (another) in order to gain an advantage. He played his father off against his mother to get more pocket money.
play on
to make use of (someone's feelings, fears etc). He played on my sympathy until I lent him $10.
play a/no part in
(not) to be one of the people who are doing (something). He played no part in the robbery.
play safe
to take no risks.
play the game
to act fairly and honestly.
play up
to be troublesome or disobedient. The children are playing up today.
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playwright

كَاتِبٌ مَسْرَحِيّ dramatik skuespilforfatter Bühnenautor θεατρικός συγγραφέας dramaturgo näytelmäkirjailija dramaturge dramski pisac drammaturgo 脚本家 극작가 toneelschrijver dramatiker dramatopisarz dramaturgo драматург skådespelsförfattare ผู้เขียนบทละคร oyun yazarı nhà viết kịch 剧作家
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"Uric acid," interpolated the wild Irish playwright.
The wild Irish playwright had terrible spells of depression.
The playwright gave Mainhall a curious look out of his deep-set faded eyes and made a wry face.
In this connection, as if the scene had been prepared by a clever playwright, Utami came upon the veranda to report to Joan the capture of a crocodile in the trap they had made for her.
In short, charity must have its romance, as the novelist or playwright must have his.
In fact, the youth looked upon the playwright as a great author, and it was to Sebastien that du Bruel said, the day after a first representation of a vaudeville produced, like all vaudevilles, by three collaborators, "The audience preferred the scenes written by two."
I have no doubt that it was largely nervousness that kept the mysterious playwright so long fumbling behind the scenes, for it was obvious that it would be no ordinary sort of play, no every-day domestic drama, that would satisfy this young lady, to whom life had given, by way of prologue, the inestimable blessing of wealth, and the privilege, as a matter of course, of choosing as she would among the grooms (that is, the bride-grooms) of the romantic British aristocracy.
According to the novelists and playwrights, shrewd fellows who knew what was what, if you talked to your wife about your business she said you had no soul; if you didn't, she said you didn't think enough of her to let her share your life.
I have seen more of the world than most people, playwrights included.
We popular playwrights mustn't be seen in public smoking any cheap stuff.'
Many of the lyrics, again, are included as songs in the dramas of the time; and Shakspere's comedies show him nearly as preeminent among the lyric poets as among the playwrights.
As a matter of fact, and in the process of time, I did read somewhat of all these, but rather in the minor than the major way; and I soon went off from them to the study of the modern poets, novelists, and playwrights who interested me so much more.