mu·​si·​cal·​i·​ty | \ ˌmyü-zi-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce musicality (audio) \

Definition of musicality

1 : sensitivity to, knowledge of, or talent for music
2 : the quality or state of being musical : melodiousness

Examples of musicality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The photos were often fused and overlaid with King beating, bowing and shaking various pieces of percussion with musicality and an expressive spirit. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Sound meets vision as Dave King and Alec Soth square off in an artistic pingpong match," 1 Feb. 2021 Her Full Tilt Boogie Band provides the pinpoint musicality to go along with it. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "50 greatest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame albums of 1971," 22 Jan. 2021 One such trait is musicality, the cognitive and neural mechanism underlying basic music behavior (as distinct from music, which is a product of history and cultural identity). David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: City Ballet’s ‘A Masquerade Nutcracker’," 31 Dec. 2020 In due time, with the help of VR headsets and high-tech sound gear with advanced 3-D sound processing, the simulation of live concerts will transcend their own musicality and produce ravishing new expressions of art. Daniel Vnukowski, Los Angeles Times, "As a concert pianist, the stage is my life. But the pandemic taught me to love the livestream," 22 Dec. 2020 April Pendergrass’ vocals and musicality have blossomed since getting started in Huntsville acoustic duo Girl, Guy, Guitar. Matt Wake |, al, "Top Huntsville arts/entertainment picks for the week," 16 Dec. 2020 Anyone who thought Anuel was merely a thuggish rapper who lucked into a No. 1 album will have doubts assuaged by Emmanuel, an ambitious set brimming with attitude but also musicality. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Latin Albums of 2020: Staff Picks," 16 Dec. 2020 As a musician himself, Quintanilla not only had an ear for musicality but also had high standards. Gwen Aviles, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena’s Dad, Abraham Quintanilla, Is Writing a Book About Her Life," 6 Dec. 2020 His voice also has a certain musicality, perhaps inspired by his grandparents from North Carolina and Virginia. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "Jeffrey Wright is the new 'narrator voice'," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of musicality

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Feb 2021

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“Musicality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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