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

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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A few years later, Richard walked into a downtown St. Paul bar named Renee’s and couldn’t help but notice the night’s musician, a young lady playing popular music on the bar’s organ. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "These WWII vets live under same roof on St. Paul’s East Side, will be honored by Minnesota Twins," 4 July 2019 Now, Joe, a musician, and Beth, a medical-response professional, can extend their honeymoon indefinitely—and in definite style!—in this adorable Piaggio Porter van. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "How Newlyweds Turned a Van into the Cutest Tiny Home Ever," 2 July 2019 But Day’s stature as musician has been obscured by much of her work in film and TV -- unlike, say, Sinatra and Judy Garland, whose vocal triumphs were larger than life on screens big and small. Howard Reich,, "Why Doris Day reigns as one of the great jazz singers," 30 June 2019 XFINITY Series practice and the hauler parade are on Sept. 6, the Indiana 250 and FGL Fest — where musicians like Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay, Nelly and more will perform — and the 400 will round everything out Sunday. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "Brickyard 400 moves qualifications to same day as race; no movement on road course race," 28 June 2019 In Boyle’s film, written by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Patel’s Jack Malik, an aspiring musician, becomes the only man in the world to remember the Fab Four ever existed. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "How Yesterday Builds the Sound of the Beatles, Without the Beatles," 27 June 2019 White does the film programming for Vidlings & Tapeheads, but the bands and visual artists are chosen by the local Seraphine Collective, a network of women-femme-nonbinary musicians, artists and DJs. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Vidlings & Tapeheads fest, now in its 3rd year, brings together film, art and local bands," 27 June 2019 Stefanovic is the father of three sons who all are studying for careers as musicians. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "BSO owed vendors $2.1 million as of April, nearly doubling amount owed 19 months ago," 25 June 2019 That's probably why V is so successful as not only a musician, but a budding actor as well. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "BTS Members’ Zodiac Signs Will Prove Who You’re REALLY Compatible With," 24 June 2019

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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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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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