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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That money is thanks to his paydays as a musician and producer, plus his Yeezy collaboration with Adidas, among other projects. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here’s How Much Every Member of the Kardashian-Jenner Family Is Worth," 11 July 2018 Athletes, musicians, and the children of alumni often receive preferences in college admissions. Richard J. Reddick, Fortune, "How Undoing Affirmative Action Hurts America's Colleges," 5 July 2018 The futuristic musician, actress, and activist brings her Dirty Computer Tour to the Greek theater, after what has been a particularly strong year for her and her work. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.," 25 June 2018 As a musician both IRL and on Riverdale, fans have had plenty of opportunities to see KJ in action, playing his guitar and looking broody. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Roasted KJ Apa on Instagram With a "Coco" Reference," 19 June 2018 As an artist, my mom always prioritized Warehouse-District galleries and the art museum; as a musician, my dad always hit guitar stores and tracked the best live music ringing from the Quarter’s clubs. Kelsy Chauvin, Condé Nast Traveler, "What NOLA's 'Gay Mardi Gras' Taught Me About My Parents—and Myself," 13 June 2018 As her music explores classical, pop, jazz and hip-hop, harpist Brandee Younger classifies herself as simply a contemporary musician. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Brandee Younger, Little Dragon, Hop Along," 5 June 2018 The Trump administration had urged a limited ruling for Phillips that would protect bakers, musicians, photographers and other wedding vendors whose work involves expression. Greg Stohr,, "Cake Baker’s Supreme Court Win Leaves Open Questions on Gay Rights," 4 June 2018 DuBuisson has been married to Eric DuBuisson, a teacher and musician, since 1975. Kim Chatelain,, "Section of Tyler Street in Covington to close Wednesday," 4 June 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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