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

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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And though music may be a huge focus of both Danielle's and Ariel's lives, the other features of the Pro didn't go unnoticed. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "iPad Pro Review: Danielle Haim and Ariel Rechtshaid Share Their Thoughts on Apple’s New Device," 7 Nov. 2018 Talk to friends, invite them over to fill out your ballots together, turn up the music and celebrate. Marie Claire, "With One Week Until Election Day, the Boxers Share Advice and Insight," 30 Oct. 2018 The exhibit includes more fascinating details about planning their fairytale wedding, from choosing the ceremony music to picking that famous bouquet of flowers. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Reveals How She Chose Her 'Perfect' Wedding Tiara," 26 Oct. 2018 Just like your favorite song can instantly put you in a good mood, the right music can dust away the proverbial cobwebs. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 The music is equal parts dissonant, jarring, and melodic, sometimes sounding more like a sci-fi score than an opera. Paul Ross, Popular Mechanics, "I Am Become Opera: An Atomic Show In the Shadow of Los Alamos," 27 July 2018 With the music up loud and the wind in their faces, they're inspired to turn do some reckless revelry. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Galantis and Max Moto-Surf LA in 'Satisfied,' Hit Big On 'Mama Look At Me Now': Watch," 13 July 2018 But the Owls’ clip stood out from the rest, thanks to the juxtaposition of the galvanizing images and the accompanying music. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "College football season is 50 days away, and Lane Kiffin and FAU are already winning," 13 July 2018 For Bekoe, the only thing that matters is the music. Matt Harvey, Chicago Reader, "iLLANOiZE Let's Get Social music showcase gives a platform to Chicago's rising hip-hop stars," 13 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'music.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of music was in the 13th century

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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 \

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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