music

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

From requests to make this her music video to supportive Dirty Dancing references, plenty of people hopped on the Carrie bandwagon. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood's Casual ACMs Performance Is Receiving a Lot of Mixed Reactions," 8 Apr. 2019 Sure, Priyanka Chopra might be married to a Jonas Brother, be close friends with Sophie Turner, who is dating another Jonas Brother, and have starred in a Jonas Brothers music video. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra Went to Her First Jonas Brothers Concert and Documented the Whole Thing," 31 Mar. 2019 Now there's a plethora of DAWs available on the market, but one of the most revered software in the music industry is Ableton Live. Popular Mechanics, "Learn How to Produce Pro-Level Music for Under $30," 31 Jan. 2019 Research has even found that loud music can drive unhealthy food choices, and the chronic stress reaction from constant noise has been linked to diabetes, respiratory disorders, and cancer. Meghan Rabbitt, Woman's Day, "How To Recapture Peace and Quiet In a Noisy World," 27 Mar. 2019 To help quiet the running list of things to do in your head and get your attention on your body, Laurie Mintz, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of Becoming Cliterate, recommends a relaxing activity, like listening to music. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "The Best 7 Masturbation Tips to Get You Super Turned On When You're Solo," 23 Mar. 2019 Nearly 600 attendees filled the Garden Court for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dancing thanks to music by Pamela Katz. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Inside the Frick Young Fellows Ball 2019," 22 Mar. 2019 Harry, really feeling the moment, was spotted nodding along to the music before realizing that his grooving was being broadcast on giant screens. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Probably Missed This Adorable Moment Between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry," 11 Mar. 2019 In the music video for the song, metallic gunmetal and asphalt pigments were blended all over his lids. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Taemin Won't Apologize For His Androgynous Aesthetic Anymore," 15 Mar. 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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More Definitions for music

music

noun

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

music

noun
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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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about music

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