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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musicianly \ myü-​ˈzi-​shən-​lē How to pronounce musician (audio) \ adjective
musicianship \ myü-​ˈzi-​shən-​ˌship How to pronounce musician (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web It’s not a surprising move for the prolific musician, who spends much of his time elsewhere. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 While Ohnim was already well-established as a musician, one of Ciclitira's company's directors, Sonia Hong, recognized his wider artistry after one of his paintings went viral on Instagram, racking up over a million likes. CNN, 7 Oct. 2021 What Happens Live, the 31-year-old Vanderpump Rules star said the musician and actor, 31, seemed remorseful in a text message sent to her husband Randall Emmett, who directed him in the film. Abigail Adams,, 6 Oct. 2021 But Mitchell, a lifelong musician, likens Netflix’s corporate structure to a jazz band, where creativity and adaptation are fundamental. Victor Luckerson, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 The author, a prolific musician, actor, and painter, guides—or, more often, catapults—readers through New York’s art and music scenes of the nineteen-eighties in this wild and entertaining memoir. The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 As a teenager, Adam Gussow, a scholar, musician, and pioneer in teaching music online, learned a transformative lesson that has shaped his estimable career. Bruce Weinstein, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 Visitors to The Bushnell are used to seeing a street musician, WIllie Nelson, playing trumpet outside the building on show nights. Christopher Arnott,, 2 Oct. 2021 The musician, who appeared solo on the late night show stage, offered up a soulful, emotive performance of the track. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 30 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of musician

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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11 Oct 2021

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“Musician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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