mu·​si·​cale ˌmyü-zi-ˈkal How to pronounce musicale (audio)
: a social entertainment with music as the leading feature

Examples of musicale in a Sentence

gathered every month in someone's home for an informal musicale
Recent Examples on the Web Hyacinth Bridgerton and Gareth St. Clair meet at the Smythe-Smith musicale, an annual performance by one of London’s most notorious quartets. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 24 Mar. 2022 Two new compact disks, both of them more or less perfect and charming, evoke the ambience of the Proustian musicale. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2021 The concert itself felt both intimate and grand — like a musicale staged in a living room with 2,364 vacant red seats. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2020 In 2013, John Pizzarelli figured among a handful of musicians invited to the Supreme Court’s annual musicale. oregonlive, 30 Dec. 2019 Having left her 1-year-old daughter, Millicent, in Washington with her parents, Mabel solaced herself with the bustle of dinners, carriage rides, musicales and games of whist mainly organized by the town’s eminent couple, Susan and Austin Dickinson. Brenda Wineapple, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2018 With Centennial chairwoman Jan Buckley, gala chairs Deepa Pakianathan and Diane Zack led a musicale — its largest ever — that raised more than $1 million for student scholarships and community engagement programs on March 19. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Mar. 2018 At one of the musicales, Mrs. Bodine had a first date with her future husband, John W. Bodine. Bonnie L. Cook,, 13 July 2017

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Word History


French soirée musicale, literally, musical evening

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of musicale was in 1871

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“Musicale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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mu·​si·​cale ˌmyü-zi-ˈkal How to pronounce musicale (audio)
: a usually private social gathering to hear music
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