mu·​si·​cal·​i·​ty | \ˌmyü-zi-ˈka-lə-tē \

Definition of musicality 

1 : sensitivity to, knowledge of, or talent for music

2 : the quality or state of being musical : melodiousness

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Image Tom Murphy, an influential Irish playwright known for dark tales told with a rustic musicality, died on Tuesday in Dublin. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Tom Murphy, Acclaimed Irish Playwright, Is Dead at 83," 16 May 2018 The overall message of the evening was the power and importance of musicality, both live instrumentation and strong vocal abilities. Brandon T. Harden,, "Jill Scott, Boyz II Men deliver sizzling homecoming performances at WDAS Summer Block Party," 1 July 2018 How does their musicality play into a seemingly simple essence of motion? Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "French Olympic Ice Dancers Make Skating as Ethereal as Ballet," 20 Feb. 2018 Their debut album, Daddy, which arrived on June 15, confronts heteronormativity and conventions of gender expression alongside abrasive musicality. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "GRLwood Host Basement Rager in 'Bisexual' Video: Premiere," 13 July 2018 Even when annoying, the narration sounds great, thanks to the murmury musicality of Salles’s Portuguese. Mark Feeney,, "Looking back on the upheaval of the ’60s," 15 May 2018 One way of exploring musicality before Stone Age flautists crashed Europe is to study hominid anatomy. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 With a live onstage band that fades in and out of view, vibrant musicality drives the show, which sets the tone for the masterful choreography of Sergio Trujillo. Brandon T. Harden,, "'On Your Feet!': A sizzling celebration of Latin-American music and dance," 12 Apr. 2018 Royal example, religious devotion, reassuring ritual, rousing musicality — take your pick. Matthew Guerrieri, New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of musicality

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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