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 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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Also, hear a musician perform each week, balloon sculpting for the kids, and story hours early in the summer. 7 a.m. Thursday, Cook Park, 100-198 W. Church St., Libertyville, free, 847-680-0336,, "Calendar: Play-Doh playdate Thursday in Lake Forest," 18 June 2019 Clinton Davis, a folk musician based in San Diego, performs on guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin and piano. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Girl Scouts donate trash sorting cans to Alta Vista Botanical Gardens," 17 June 2019 Every week on Songland, a guest musician will hear unknown songwriters pitch their original material. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Jonas Brothers Talk Songwriting With Ryan Tedder in New 'Songland' Clip: Exclusive," 13 June 2019 His endless creativity is really part of what makes him such a musician. Katie V. Jones,, "At Oseh Shalom Synagogue in Laurel, a cantor's 36 years of song," 13 June 2019 Hayley Kiyoko’s biggest struggle as a musician was getting an opportunity. Tomás Mier,, "Hayley Kiyoko Struggled to Find an Opportunity in Music — Now, She's Giving Women Artists Exactly That," 13 June 2019 Very few people understand music from the point of view of a musician more than Fred. Jeremy D. Goodwin,, "Benefit show is a thank-you to Fred Taylor and all that jazz," 13 June 2019 His decades of experience as a musician involved performances with several rock, country and blues bands through the 1960s and 1970s., "New Orleans guitarist Spencer Bohren has died," 9 June 2019 Albert Castiglia released his most recent album in May. But putting out a new record for a seasoned blues musician was nowhere near as exciting for him as what happened in May a year ago. Trevor Fraser,, "Blues singer Albert Castiglia composes ‘Masterpiece’ after shocking news he became a dad - 30 years ago," 4 June 2019

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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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to take the place or position of

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