musical chairs

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of musical chairs

: a game in which players march to music around a row of chairs numbering one less than the players and scramble for seats when the music stops; also : a situation or series of events suggesting the game of musical chairs (as in rapid change or confusing activity)

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First Known Use of musical chairs

1877


MUSICAL CHAIRS Defined for English Language Learners

musical chairs

noun

Definition of musical chairs for English Language Learners

  • : a children's game in which players walk around a row of chairs while music plays and try to sit down when the music stops

  • : a situation in which many changes happen in a way that is confusing or harmful


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