musical

adjective
mu·si·cal | \ˈmyü-zi-kəl \

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 \-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of musical in a Sentence

Adjective

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

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The musical, written and directed by Floyd Mutrux, is a prequel to the Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Sony/ATV Music Becomes Co-Producer, Investor of New Elvis Presley Musical," 13 July 2018 During the 1990s there was war and years of religious extremism that turned people against this musical community and almost wiped out the culture of Kharabat. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 At the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City on July 12, a panel of female leaders in publishing, promotion, management and booking highlighted how musical and cultural trends are allowing more women to succeed. Jessica Lipsky, Billboard, "Latin Women Take The Reins: Insights From the Latin Alternative Music Conference," 13 July 2018 Griffin relentlessly mocked her mother, who was in the audience, for being invited by Gloria Estefan to a performance of her On Your Feet musical and taking pictures with stars in attendance, including Michael Bolton. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kathy Griffin Pitches New Year's Eve Show With Stormy Daniels on 'Live!'," 12 July 2018 Polkow arranges many of the musical numbers the three perform on their eclectic group of instruments. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Zion concert is part of New Odyssey's final year of concerts," 12 July 2018 The country band Steel N' Easy will be providing the musical entertainment and there will be free activities for children, plus food trucks for dinner and snacks. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 10 July 2018 The Community Plaza was just as musical as the festival happening inside the gates. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest revelers react to new U.S. Cellular stage, northern gate, Klement's Beer Garden," 27 June 2018 Gates will open at 6 p.m. and there will be musical entertainment before the 9 p.m. fireworks show. Elizabeth Marie Himchak And Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Communities prepare for July 4 celebrations," 20 June 2018

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The 1973 Broadway hit A Little Night Music is the third in a string of innovative musicals that composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and director Harold Prince created in the 70s. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "BoHo Theatre presents a minimalist Little Night Music worthy of Sondheim," 30 May 2018 And be up on pop culture, from Cher to Broadway musicals. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Snarky as ever, ‘Deadpool 2’ doesn’t disappoint," 17 May 2018 For much of the 20th century, the road to Broadway ran through Boston, where savvy audiences at the Colonial, the Shubert, or the Wilbur routinely got the chance to pass judgment on new musicals and plays before New York ever laid eyes on them. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "A comeback role for Boston theaters?," 14 July 2018 There are three people attached to NBC’s live musical who are at the doorstep of joining the EGOT club — the exclusive and somewhat random assortment of people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. John Koblin, New York Times, "Emmy Nominations 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix Lead the Way," 13 July 2018 Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe's musical based on the J.M. Barrie classic is a captivating 75 minutes for both adults and children. Marissa Oberlander, Chicago Reader, "Chicago Shakespeare’s Peter Pan is a soaring delight for both kids and adults," 11 July 2018 Finally, yes finally, Baz Luhrmann's Oscar-winning movie musical is coming to the stage. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to See the Next Big Musicals Before They Hit Broadway," 14 June 2018 For the past few years, the winners of the Best Musical award have been original musicals! Constance Grady, Vox, "At this year’s Tonys, winners included angels and Stephen Sondheim. Losers included baby goats.," 11 June 2018 The Tony Awards always hold a lot of excitement, with fan-favorite musicals and plays from the past year—this year's include Mean Girls, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child—up for awards. Glamour, "The Best Looks From the 2018 Tony Awards," 10 June 2018

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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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musical

adjective

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 \

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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