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1.
A term commonly misused to describe an American actress/model/singer such as Miley Cyrus or Hilary Duff who 'writes her own songs'.

Proper usage would be an educated individual who makes his/her living by writing both or either the music and lyrics for songs.
I love being a songwriter. Although I haven't actually written a whole song yet. (Hilary Duff)
by neonpink August 25, 2010
 
2.
Someone who can write music, but isn't talented enough themselves to sing the songs. They have to get someone to sing it for them. Or the exact opposite of a person who sings but aren't smart enough to write the songs themselves.
Paris Hilton isn't smart enough to be a songwriter or a singer.
by LeahArlette May 27, 2008
 
3.
Someone who can write music, but isn't talented enough themselves to sing the songs. They have to get someone to sing it for them. Or the exact opposite of a person who sings but aren't smart enough to write the songs themselves.

Within Metal a songwriter is the equivalent of rape. It should not happen! Everywhere else it seems to be accepted not to write your own songs.
In order to sell albums most pop-musicians need a songwriter.
by Marksmania September 14, 2008