mu·​si·​cian | \ myü-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce musician (audio) \

Definition of musician

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

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Other Words from musician

musicianly \ -​lē How to pronounce musicianly (audio) \ adjective
musicianship \ -​ˌship How to pronounce musicianship (audio) \ 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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Bradley Cooper’s ability as a director, actor and musician is astounding. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Every Time Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Gushed About Each Other," 27 Feb. 2019 Artist and musician David King took over the piano with Ellie Goulding, Angelica Houston, and Ally Hilfiger in the audience. Vogue, "From Brad Pitt to Beyoncé, All the Stars Inside All of the Parties Hosted During Frieze Los Angeles," 19 Feb. 2019 The two just put out their third print issue in October, featuring interviews with Moonlight star Ashton Sanders, musician Billie Eilish, and designer Christian Siriano. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Spike Lee’s Daughter Satchel Is Poised to Put a Stylish Twist on Her Father’s Legacy," 27 Feb. 2019 Kristofferson played a serious rock musician who met Streisand's unknown singer in a bar. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Star Is Born Isn't Based on a True Story, But Real-Life People Definitely Inspired It," 22 Feb. 2019 With these coups under her belt, the South Florida native rose as a solo musician with the experience and charisma of a seasoned artist. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "DaniLeigh Took the Best Advice from Prince—to Be Herself as an Artist," 31 Jan. 2019 So Fender became a maker of stringed instruments, and before long his company had developed the Esquire, the first solid-body electric guitar to be mass-produced for everyday musicians. David Kirby, WSJ, "‘The Birth of Loud’ Review: Constructive Feedback," 17 Jan. 2019 Throughout the festival, groups of dancers and musicians merge, which means dance spirals expand while the musical repertoire increases (see Figure 2). Smithsonian, "Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetime," 22 June 2018 Oscar-winning actor, director, screenwriter, producer and musician Tim Robbins is to be honored at the Karlovy Vary film festival. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Karlovy Vary Festival to Honor Tim Robbins," 19 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 How to pronounce musician (audio) \

Kids Definition of musician

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

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