noun, often attributive
mu·​sic | \ ˈmyü-zik How to pronounce music (audio) \

Definition of music

1a : 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 choral music piano music recorded music
2a : an agreeable sound : euphony her voice was music to my ears the music of a nightingale
b : musical quality the music of verse the music of lovingly orchestrated wordsSaturday Review
3 : a musical accompaniment a play set to music
4 : the score (see score entry 1 sense 6a) of a musical composition set down on paper leafing through the music
5 : a distinctive type or category of music there is a music for everybody— Eric Salzman rock music jazz music classical music

Examples of music in a Sentence

This is one of my favorite pieces of music. performing music in front of an audience dancing to the music of a big band They are writing music for a new album. a song with music by George Gershwin and words by Ira Gershwin He is learning to read music. She studied music in college.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Cube has ventured into many different fields other than music and the quick growth of the league is another example of his skill as a businessman. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "9 big names who should be at BIG3 basketball league opener in Detroit," 8 June 2019 Events include a 5K walk/run, live music and a parade through the Rondo neighborhood. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "The art of community: Melvin and Rose Smith celebrate Rondo in Weisman exhibit," 7 June 2019 Doug MacCash has the best job in the world, covering art, music and culture in New Orleans. Doug Maccash,, "Dr. John’s second-line parade rambled through the Treme Friday," 7 June 2019 The free event, which promotes youth baseball and softball, will feature rides, a dunk tank, cotton candy, snow cones, music and other activities. Gary Curreri,, "Play Ball initiative slated for Pembroke Pines," 7 June 2019 Prince Rogers Nelson, known to us as simply Prince, was a trailblazer and pioneer, not only in music, but in beauty and fashion. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "13 Times Prince Showed Us That Beauty Isn't Just For The Ladies," 7 June 2019 Last year, Clairo released her music video for her song titled Flaming Hot Cheetos in which dancers dressed in the red snack frolicked around the pop singer. Teen Vogue, "Forever 21 and Cheetos Launch Limited Edition Collection," 6 June 2019 The Evening of the Arts is organized by the school’s music and art teachers, with heavy support from the RHAM Music Boosters and a number of other groups, local businesses, and individuals. Melanie Savage,, "RHAM Holds 2019 Evening Of The Arts," 6 June 2019 The week is over, and there is lots to do this weekend in Chicago, from rosé parties, Lit Fest, a Fab Five single in town, blues music and a food truck festival. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Pilsen Food Truck fest and Jonathan Van Ness on stage — here are 5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of music

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of music

: 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


mu·​sic | \ ˈmyü-zik How to pronounce music (audio) \

Kids Definition of music

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

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