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

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

Antonyms: Adjective

unlyrical

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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

The concerts are each Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. through Aug. 11 and offer a variety of musical styles, according to the Park District website. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Deerfield offers musical backdrop for summer fun at Mitchell Park," 15 July 2019 From 1965-1967, Imanuel was also the musical director and conductor of the Music Vale Opera Company at Mitchell College in New London. courant.com, "Imanuel Willheim," 14 July 2019 Now, new generations will venture onto the dance floor at Lerma’s Nite Club and hear those accordions and bajo sextos continue a grand musical tradition. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "A shrine to conjunto music on San Antonio’s West Side will rise again," 13 July 2019 Mr Gilberto was a star of bossa nova, a musical style that fuses jazz and samba. The Economist, "Politics this week," 13 July 2019 Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep co-star in the musical sequel. Sean Axmaker | Stream, oregonlive.com, "Home viewing this week: ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘Marshall,’ ‘Little,’ ‘Pet Sematary,’ ‘After,’ ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’," 12 July 2019 Through resonance, tone, and unexpected harmonic shifts Bowie and Dudgeon achieved a meta-pop song full of cultural and musical references. Mitch Goodwin, Quartzy, "How David Bowie created “Space Oddity,” the ultimate space anthem," 12 July 2019 The conceit allowed for some fancy dancing, along with a display of the talents of the musical director, Gregory Boover, who also portrayed Feste as a jazz musician, giving weight to his character’s foolery. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Twelfth Night’ Review: A Bland Transposition," 11 July 2019 But in his own music and life, Tippett radiated a musical vision of unequaled generosity. Douglas Murray, National Review, "Michael Tippett’s ‘Timeless Music in Time’," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Earlier, Charnin and Rodgers had collaborated on a 1961 television show, the Hugh O'Brian-starring Feathertop, a musical based on the Nathaniel Hawthorne story. Suzy Evans, Billboard, "Martin Charnin, Tony-Winning Creator of 'Annie,' Dies at 84," 7 July 2019 Earlier, Charnin and Rodgers had collaborated on a 1961 television show, the Hugh O'Brian-starring Feathertop, a musical based on the Nathaniel Hawthorne story. Suzy Evans, The Hollywood Reporter, "Martin Charnin, Tony-Winning Creator of 'Annie,' Dies at 84," 7 July 2019 Creative Experiences, a division of Glastonbury Youth and Family Services, is marking its 45th summer production with the musical based on the film from 1984. Steve Smith, courant.com, "’Footloose’ Cast Shows Spirit," 5 July 2019 Imagine my excitement, then, when the opportunity arose to work with Neil on a musical based on his life and music. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Neil Diamond's Life Story Coming to Broadway in Musical from Bohemian Rhapsody Writer," 2 July 2019 Imagine my excitement, then, when the opportunity arose to work with Neil on a musical based on his life and music. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "There's a Neil Diamond musical headed to Broadway," 1 July 2019 The Emmy winner’s movie musical based on the show will cap off the Amazon series later this year. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Transparent creator Jill Soloway to replace Bryan Singer on Red Sonja movie," 21 June 2019 The Musical Although written about America at the dawn of the 20th century, this musical based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel is packed with issues that demand our attention today. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "SoCal theater, July 14-21: Musical parodies of ‘Friends’ and ‘Lost’ and more," 12 July 2019 The novel has spawned at least 24 movies, 15 TV series, 13 radio plays, two operas, four musicals, and a symphony. Constance Grady, Vox, "Jane Eyre is a startlingly modern heroine. A new ballet shows why.," 27 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for musical

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 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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