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 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 Here’s a sampling of social media tributes to the beloved musician. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg and other celebs salute DMX: He ‘meant so much to so many’," 9 Apr. 2021 Following Prince’s death in 2016, Tyka Nelson, the musician’s younger sister, has been tasked with helping preserve the Purple One’s legacy. Brianna Holt, Rolling Stone, "Prince’s Sister on Honoring Her Brother’s Vault of Unreleased Music," 8 Apr. 2021 The biggest cause of fan discomfort here is that the emotions and the feelings expressed in a musician’s words and delivery become seen as infinitely replicable. Eamonn Forde, Forbes, "Near-Vana: A “New” Kurt Cobain Track Appears Courtesy Of Artificial Intelligence," 6 Apr. 2021 His idea quickly expanded to international scope and then to getting at least one musician from every continent to participate. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Pandemic gives rise to album recorded on seven continents," 5 Apr. 2021 Among the greatest snares particular to a music documentary is the sea of music licensing, footage licensing, publishing fees, musician’s union fees and photo fees. Andrew Dansby, Chron, "Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark gets his due in new documentary," 29 Mar. 2021 Palate-deprivation for them is akin to a musician losing his hearing. Steve Garbarino, WSJ, "A Chef Who Can’t Smell? Covid Forces Some Creative Solutions," 22 Mar. 2021 With the help of the city and local civic organizations, the musician’s great-granddaughter is shaping it to become the Muddy Waters MOJO Museum. Washington Post, "A push to save landmarks of the ‘Great Migration’ — and better understand today’s racial inequities," 13 Mar. 2021 In 2016, Lady Gaga performed a medley of David Bowie songs as a tribute to the late musician. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "The Most Scandalous Grammys Red Carpet Fashion of All Time," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of musician

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 Apr 2021

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“Musician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 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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