ex·​tra·​mu·​si·​cal ˌek-strə-ˈmyü-zi-kəl How to pronounce extramusical (audio)
: lying outside the province of music

Examples of extramusical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A lot of the group’s social media functions in this way—extramusical content that is phantasmagoric, promotional, or self-referential, pulling the viewer back into the music’s orbit. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2021 The music business tallies hits, streams, sales and profits, but generally fails to provide extramusical tools for the tolls of success. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, 9 Dec. 2019 Best-case scenario, all of this extramusical talk pushes us right up to the unspeakable sensation of how the mystery actually feels. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2019 So, despite Helmchen’s gradations of touch, tone and color, his swift, clean interpretations suggested the pieces had been pretty much unencumbered by extramusical associations. Alan Artner, chicagotribune.com, 11 June 2018 The Beethoven, however, was more convincing, perhaps because its challenges stem from being a masterpiece unclouded by extramusical inspirations and references. Alan Artner, chicagotribune.com, 11 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extramusical was in 1923

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“Extramusical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extramusical. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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