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

Other Words from musical


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 Get ready to take a shopping spree through the fashion closet, because The Devil Wears Prada musical is nearly here. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 5 Aug. 2022 On Monday morning, Michele shared a video of her practicing the musical’s tap-dance numbers. Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Erie Waters performs a variety of musical genres and styles. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 28 July 2022 The show will be hosted by a quartet of personalities — Dominican-American Prince Royce, Grupo Firme‘s Eduin Caz, Mexican pop singer Danna Paola and Dominican TV star Clarissa Molina — that represent a palette of origins and musical genres. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 20 July 2022 The words span from popular street snacks to musical genres in the region. Priya Sippy, Quartz, 19 July 2022 This year’s festival is being headlined by Gen-Z pop star Billie Eilish, the youngest solo artist to headline the festival, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney, rapper Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross and many others spanning musical genres and generations. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 25 June 2022 But a top-notch leading man and stunning musical numbers can only do so much to make up for an overstuffed narrative with pacing issues, a lack of focus and a surprisingly average outing for the usually great Hanks. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 24 June 2022 The Rockie Awards gala was hosted by Canadian singer Jully Black, who opened and closed the ceremony with interactive musical numbers that brought the house down – at one point even pulling an energetic delegate to the stage. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 15 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Watch this space for more updates about the upcoming musical. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 July 2022 That’s because the price of admission has skyrocketed in the wake of news that Michele is replacing Beanie Feldstein in the beloved musical. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 12 July 2022 Included in the musical of the ensemble's rise written by Dominique Morisseau are personal conflicts, betrayal, loyalty and the nation's civil unrest. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 14 May 2022 In fact, the iconic musical was inspired by a story in The Times about fighting between gangs in San Bernardino (and hence the name Bernardo for one of the lead characters). Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2022 After many years and collaboration with other theater-minded people, Iovine is ready to introduce the all-original musical to his community. Melanie Savage, Hartford Courant, 13 June 2022 Loewith greenlighted a workshop to explore Caverly’s concept, then set the musical for the summer of 2021 before the coronavirus pandemic intervened. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 Building a musical around the Oscar-winning 1995 short film that inspired the Trevor Project, a suicide-prevention program for LGBTQ youth, wasn’t an obvious fit. Brian Lowry, CNN, 24 June 2022 The country is at long last training a spotlight on a long-unsung World War II unit of Black women, with Congress bestowing its highest honor on them — and with a new musical on the way, too, to sing about their astonishing story. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 See More

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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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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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