mu·​si·​cian myü-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce musician (audio)
: a composer, conductor, or performer of music
especially : instrumentalist
musicianly adjective
musicianship noun

Example Sentences

She's a very talented musician. the violinist was a famous and exquisitely talented musician
Recent Examples on the Web Fed up with his family's ban on music, aspiring musician Miguel decides to travel to the Land of the Dead to locate his ancestor who was a famous singer. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, 18 Jan. 2023 Keough portrayed Capable, one of Immortan Joe's five wives, while Smith-Petersen was cast as the Doof Warrior, Immortan Joe's blind musician. Stephanie Kaloi, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2023 Applegate previously expressed excitement over her red carpet outfit, but further revealed that her daughter's look included a suit that previously belonged to famed Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver musician Scott Weiland, who died in 2015. Joey Nolfi,, 18 Jan. 2023 Lonnie Holley, which is quite often—Matt Arnett, one of Bill Arnett’s four sons, is the father of my granddaughter, Viva, and Matt manages Lonnie’s work as an artist and musician. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, 17 Jan. 2023 The statement also noted Herman Whitfield III's talent as a child prodigy and musician. The Indianapolis Star, 17 Jan. 2023 Only 10 women have been nominated for best original score at the Oscars and four women have won, including Icelandic musician Hildur Guðnadóttir, who won the honor in 2020 for Joker. Mesfin Fekadu, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Jan. 2023 Parallel her musical pursuits, Presley had been married four times: First to musician Danny Keough, then to Michael Jackson, Nicholas Cage and then Michael Lockwood. Aditi Sangal, CNN, 13 Jan. 2023 Her outstanding musical contributions were and still are often colluded with her personal struggles with addiction and her tumultuous relationship with fellow British musician Blake Fielder-Civil over the years. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of musician was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Musician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


mu·​si·​cian myu̇-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce musician (audio)
: a person who writes, sings, or plays music and especially as a profession
musicianship noun

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