mu·​si·​cian | \myü-ˈzi-shən \

Definition of musician 

: a composer, conductor, or performer of music especially : instrumentalist

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Other Words from musician

musicianly \-​lē \ adjective
musicianship \-​ˌship \ noun

Synonyms for musician


instrumentalist, player

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Examples of musician in a Sentence

She's a very talented musician. the violinist was a famous and exquisitely talented musician

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Williams dated Common, a musician and actor, on and off for some time, before the pair eventually called things off for good in 2010. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Walked the Red Carpet With Her Ex-Boyfriend For a Great Reason," 31 Oct. 2018 Japan Nancy CraftEsprit Travel & ToursShe helps open doors to artists, chefs, craftspeople, musicians, Shinto priests, and Buddhist abbots. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 And while many country musicians—Randy Travis and Blake Shelton, for instance—supported Brooks, some folks, including Miranda Lambert and Anderson East, echoed Church's unimpressed point of view. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Eric Church Is NOT Happy That Garth Brooks Lip-Synced at the 2017 CMA Awards," 30 July 2018 The musician, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, popped the question to his girlfriend Kirsten Corley on July 4. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Chance the Rapper gets engaged to Kirsten Corley on July 4," 5 July 2018 This year's honorees span a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and professions—a park ranger, a musician, a judge, teens who unflinchingly took on Washington in the face of tragedy. Glamour, "Follow Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Awards Live," 12 Nov. 2018 There are lots of scowls in these photos, but the best images are of musicians goofing off and just being silly. David Kirby, WSJ, "What to Give: Books on Music," 15 Nov. 2018 For over 20 years, the Grammy winner has cemented her place in music history as one of the most successful musicians ever. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "LeAnn Rimes Is Doing Her First Hallmark Christmas Movie—But on Her Terms," 9 Nov. 2018 Music and technology have always evolved with each other to inspire waves of musicians and push innovation. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Our new video series Future of Music launches this week," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of musician

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of musician

: a person who writes, sings, or plays music


mu·​si·​cian | \myu̇-ˈzi-shən \

Kids Definition of musician

: a person who writes, sings, or plays music with skill and especially as a profession

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