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 \ myü-​ˈzi-​shən-​lē How to pronounce musicianly (audio) \ adjective
musicianship \ myü-​ˈzi-​shən-​ˌship How to pronounce musicianship (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 No one intervened when R. Kelly was beaten in a Chicago prison in late August, the musician's attorneys said. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "R. Kelly attorney: ‘No one raised a finger’ to stop beating in prison," 16 Oct. 2020 TikTok previously partnered with the estate of Prince to bring the late musician's music to the platform. Allen Kim, CNN, "John Lennon's estate partners with TikTok to celebrate the late Beatles' 80th birthday," 12 Oct. 2020 Just days before his major gig, however, the musician is being criticized for not social distancing thanks to a damning TikTok post circulating online. Ineye Komonibo,, "Morgan Wallen Will Be Replaced by Jack White On SNL After Getting Caught Partying Without A Mask On TikTok," 9 Oct. 2020 The musician was called out by people on both sides of the land dispute for not doing her research. Laura Zornosa,, "Why these Armenian American celebs are speaking out about a chronic conflict," 9 Oct. 2020 Read more about Van Halen’s career and how artists are remembering the musician. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Who’s left and who’s leaving?," 7 Oct. 2020 The guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who died on Tuesday, of cancer, at the age of sixty-five, was the sort of musician who only seems to appear once every generation: a true savant. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Eddie Van Halen’s Otherworldly Sounds," 7 Oct. 2020 The musician's son Wolfgang announced the news on Twitter Tuesday, revealing that his father has died of cancer at the age of 65. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Eddie Van Halen dies from cancer at 65: Gene Simmons, Flea, George Takei and more mourn," 7 Oct. 2020 Ashkenazi is the only musician in the world to have an instrument from the Violins of Hope collection out on a long-term loan. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Pandemic Temporarily Silences Violins That Survived the Holocaust," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Oct 2020

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“Musician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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