musical

adjective
mu·​si·​cal | \ ˈmyü-zi-kəl How to pronounce musical (audio) \

Definition of musical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to music
b : having the pleasing harmonious qualities of music : melodious
2 : having an interest in or talent for music
3 : set to or accompanied by music
4 : of or relating to musicians or music lovers

musical

noun

Definition of musical (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : musicale
2 : a film or theatrical production typically of a sentimental or humorous nature that consists of musical numbers and dialogue based on a unifying plot

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Other Words from musical

Adjective

musically \ ˈmyü-​zi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce musically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for musical

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of musical in a Sentence

Adjective She has a very musical voice. the musical sounds of the babbling brook
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Rosie Arbittier created a musical at Princeton, collaborating with performers who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and some who don't. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Lawsuit: Disability group teamed up with Muskegon to allow inaccessible businesses," 3 Aug. 2020 The disastrous festival planning led many of the musical artists to back out, and a number of civil lawsuits alleging fraud were later filed against the organizers. Eric Levenson, CNN, "You can now buy merch from the infamous Fyre Fest fraud," 2 Aug. 2020 But by the end of the 1970s, the army had deemed musical ensembles unnecessary and all but the orchestra was disbanded. Washington Post, "A teenage pop sensation becomes a soldier, and the Israeli army tries to cope," 1 Aug. 2020 The hour-long event featured comedy bits, musical performances and cameos from presenters and winners. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "GLAAD Media Awards: Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union honor trans daughter, Lil Nas X wins," 31 July 2020 In 2018, the Broadway revival received multiple Tony Award nominations and a best musical revival award. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "Disney+ to Follow-Up Hamilton with Once on This Island Musical Adaptation," 31 July 2020 Other upcoming projects on Reynolds' plate, also pending COVID-19 developments, include a live-action Dragon's Lair game adaptation for Netflix, a new Clue movie, and a musical version of A Christmas Carol for Apple TV+. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Ryan Reynolds launches diversity program to train minorities to work in film," 31 July 2020 Arnold's also has been having live musical performances from soloist and duets. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "Socially distant patios and rooftops to visit this summer," 31 July 2020 OnStage Blog has named Baldwin Wallace University’s Musical Theatre Program among the nation’s top 30 musical theater programs for 2019-2020. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "BW’s Musical Theater Program among nation’s best: Around The Town," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Diggs won both a Tony and Grammy for his portrayal of both Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in the hip-hop musical. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, "“Happy Hamilton Day!” Stage musical fans reminisce, celebrate movie," 3 July 2020 As a result, July 3 is certain to be a watershed in theater history — the day a current musical that heretofore cost a small fortune to see will be accessible to all for a $6.99 monthly fee. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "As ‘Hamilton’ becomes a movie, suddenly we’re all in the room where it happens," 26 June 2020 This one’s for everybody who hasn't seen the Tony Awards-conquering musical that captured cultural imagination, lost out on seeing the original cast on Broadway, or even had their recent plans at the theater changed because of the coronavirus. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The 10 must-see new movies to stream while stuck at home this summer," 1 June 2020 The classic golden Disney movies are musicals; music and animation go together really well. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Central Park cast and creator on bringing an animated musical to television," 29 May 2020 Central Park is also a musical, cast with Broadway and Disney veterans and studded with original show tunes that juxtapose heartfelt emotion and bathroom humor. Judy Berman, Time, "Central Park Is a Sweet, Rude Love Letter to Public Spaces From the Team Behind Bob's Burgers," 18 May 2020 Valley Girl is a jukebox teen musical dreamt up by a cool mom, played by Alicia Silverstone. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "Every ’80s Song In Valley Girl Will Make You Want Your MTV — Like, Totally," 8 May 2020 The story of Motown has proved dependably compelling through the decades — a rags-to-riches tale regularly revisited in documentaries, books, even a Broadway musical. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Motown sales exec Barney Ales, who helped label achieve pop crossover success, dies at 85," 19 Apr. 2020 If a composer were to write a Broadway musical about the king's unique self-isolation experience, what could the show be titled? TheWeek, "The Week contest: Royal quarantine," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of musical

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for musical

Adjective

Middle English, from Medieval Latin musicalis, from musica

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The first known use of musical was in the 15th century

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6 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Musical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/musical. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for musical

musical

adjective
How to pronounce musical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of musical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to music
: having the pleasing qualities of music
: enjoying music : having a talent for playing music

musical

noun

English Language Learners Definition of musical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a movie or play that tells a story with songs and often dancing

musical

adjective
mu·​si·​cal | \ ˈmyü-zi-kəl How to pronounce musical (audio) \

Kids Definition of musical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having to do with music or the writing or performing of music musical instruments
2 : pleasing like music a musical voice
3 : fond of or talented in music a musical family
4 : set to music a musical play

Other Words from musical

musically adverb a musically talented child

musical

noun

Kids Definition of musical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a movie or play that tells a story with both speaking and singing

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