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



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

Synonyms & Antonyms for musical

Synonyms: Adjective

euphonious, lyric, lyrical, mellifluent, mellifluous, mellow, melodic, melodious

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of musical in a Sentence


She has a very musical voice. the musical sounds of the babbling brook

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Just like their proposal, Linda had another musical trick up her sleeve. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "A Rare Look at 'The Talk' Creator Sara Gilbert's Life with Her Wife Linda Perry and Their Three Kids," 10 Apr. 2019 Who: Solange, the youngest mononymous member of a family of musical goddesses, who most recently graced us with 2016’s soulful, poignant A Seat at the Table. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Sound On: The Best Music of March 2019," 1 Apr. 2019 What struck me immediately was how intensely visceral the musical sequences are. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Opens Up About A Star Is Born, MeToo, and a Decade in Pop," 10 Sep. 2018 The elms of Central Park were young in 1905, when a musical businessman founded the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts. The New Yorker, "In Central Park, Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Are a Gift to the City," 13 July 2018 One is the score, which is done by Tune-Yards, and that's the film's musical voice. Max Cea, Billboard, "'Sorry to Bother You' Director Boots Riley on Working With Tune-Yards and Breaking the Rules of Soundtracks," 13 July 2018 Fox put out another two-hour block of musical competition The Four. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' Gets Another Lift," 13 July 2018 Sunday in the Park with George San Francisco Playhouse presents Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical spanning centuries to examine the artistic process and the plight of the artist., "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of July 15," 12 July 2018 And will there be any changes from the original movie/musical? Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the "West Side Story" Remake," 17 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Taylor Swift, world famous Cat Lady who moonlights as a singer/songwriter, is set to appear in the film adaptation of the insane Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cats. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Says She Went to "Cat School" for Her Role in the 'Cats' Movie," 27 Apr. 2019 Here, West opens up about why the story remains resonant today, his character's many haircuts, and the debatable value of the Les Mis musical. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Les Misérables's Dominic West Thinks Jean Valjean Is a Better Hero Than Spiderman," 15 Apr. 2019 The episode also includes an interview with Caitlin Kinnunen, one of the stars of the new Broadway musical The Prom. Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "AJ Michalka from "Schooled" Talks All Things Prom on Seventeen's Talk Show "IRL Today"," 4 Mar. 2019 Now, a new play offers a thorough takedown of the award-winning musical. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "Historians irked by musical ‘Hamilton’ escalate their duel," 4 Feb. 2019 Bareilles's score offers all kinds of interesting rhythmic variety while maintaining the tuneful accessibility expected of a Broadway musical. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "In the world of Waitress, almost all sins can be forgiven with a song," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, fans are still waiting to hear more about that musical based on the life of Princess Diana, and another reportedly about Meghan herself... Either would be an intense date night choice, to be honest. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Took a Secret Date Night to the Theatre," 4 Mar. 2019 Deuteronomy is the leader of the Jellicles (the group of cats featured in the musical, based on the characters in T.S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats). Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Everything We Know So Far About the New Cats Movie, Starring Taylor Swift and Judi Dench," 22 Oct. 2018 The essentials: Anaheim’s aptly named Chance Theater takes another big chance with this stage musical based on the Tim Burton film. Philip Brandes,, "The 99 Seat Beat: 'Big Fish' at the Chance in Anaheim, free Shakespeare in Griffith Park," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of musical


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


1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for musical


Middle English, from Medieval Latin musicalis, from musica

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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



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

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


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



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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