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 musical (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 Additional musical acts are also still being added, Schaefer said. Katie V. Jones,, 8 July 2021 In addition to these five boy bands, just two other South Korean musical acts have grabbed a No. 1 bestselling album in the U.S., as both Blackpink and TWICE, groups made up of only women, have also accomplished this incredible feat. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 28 June 2021 In 1969, the United States was both in Vietnam and on the moon; the Civil Rights Movement was giving way to Black Power; musical acts were getting more and more outspoken on political issues. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 28 June 2021 The celebration of local heritage benefits The Conservation Society of San Antonio and features 14 cultural areas with more than 155 food, drink and atmosphere booths, as well as entertainment stages and continuous live musical acts. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 21 June 2021 Entertainment seekers came to watch musical acts, Westerns and other movies from Hollywood's golden age, newsreels and cartoons. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 19 June 2021 The Disneyland Band is scheduled to return Friday; other musical acts, such as the Five and Dime jazz quintet, are expected to return later this month. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 The day-long event, running from noon to 6 p.m., will celebrate with a variety of musical acts, including the Chuck Brown Band, food, and craft beverages. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 16 June 2021 The mayor’s office has tapped producer Clive Davis — the 89-year-old music mogul who has worked with everyone from Janis Joplin to Alicia Keys — to book eight musical acts for a three-hour show on the Great Lawn on Aug. 21. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The new musical, based on the second book in L. Frank Baum’s Oz series, was supposed to premiere at the Dobama as the holiday show but has now been delayed to 2022 since children under 12 are not yet able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. cleveland, 8 July 2021 Annette—a curious new musical from the minds of the cult band Sparks and French enfant terrible filmmaker Leos Carax—kicks off the 2021 Cannes Film Festival today. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, 6 July 2021 The protagonist of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s most famous musical helped build the world in which his modern-day heroes are struggling to live. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 18 June 2021 On Your Feet, the Broadway musical based on the life of his compatriot Gloria Estefan. Rosy Cordero,, 16 June 2021 The new movie, set in 1990, centers around Jon, played by Garfield, a young New York City composer hoping to write the next great American musical. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 10 June 2021 Tick, Tick… Boom! is based on the autobiographical musical of the same name by composer Jonathan Larson (best known for Rent). Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 10 June 2021 Film critic Michael Phillips sat down with Miranda, Ramos and Chu to discuss how the musical scaled up to the big screen. Adam Lukach,, 2 June 2021 Among the season highlights will be the premieres, presented in a three-show subscription that includes two plays by celebrated authors and a new musical. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2021

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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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“Musical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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