noun, mu·sic often attributive \ˈmyü-zik\

: sounds that are sung by voices or played on musical instruments

: written or printed symbols showing how music should be played or sung

: the art or skill of creating or performing music

Full Definition of MUSIC

a :  the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity
b :  vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony
a :  an agreeable sound :  euphony <her voice was music to my ears>
b :  musical quality <the music of verse>
:  a musical accompaniment <a play set to music>
:  the score of a musical composition set down on paper
:  a distinctive type or category of music <there is a music for everybody — Eric Salzman>

Examples of MUSIC

  1. This is one of my favorite pieces of music.
  2. performing music in front of an audience
  3. dancing to the music of a big band
  4. They are writing music for a new album.
  5. a song with music by George Gershwin and words by Ira Gershwin
  6. He is learning to read music.
  7. She studied music in college.

Origin of MUSIC

Middle English musik, from Anglo-French musike, from Latin musica, from Greek mousikē any art presided over by the Muses, especially music, from feminine of mousikos of the Muses, from Mousa Muse
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue
MUSIC Defined for Kids


noun mu·sic \ˈmyü-zik\

Definition of MUSIC for Kids

:  an arrangement of sounds having melody, rhythm and usually harmony <classical music>
:  the art of producing pleasing or expressive combinations of tones especially with melody, rhythm, and usually harmony <I want to study music in college.>
:  a musical composition set down on paper <Bring your music.>
:  a pleasing sound <Your voice is music to my ears.>
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