mu·​si·​cian | \myü-ˈzi-shən \

Definition of musician 

: a composer, conductor, or performer of music especially : instrumentalist

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Other Words from musician

musicianly \ -​lē \ adjective
musicianship \ -​ˌship \ 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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The Weeknd The musician subtly shaded ex Selena Gomez by holding hands with Justin's ex, Yovanna Ventura, all night during French Montana's birthday party, a source told Us Weekly. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "18 Celebs Who Threw Massive Amounts of Shade at Their Exes," 17 Oct. 2018 Aside from performing for huge events (the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, for example), the 32-year-old musician has over 11 million YouTube subscribers and boasts a video collection that has allegedly amassed over 1.9 billion views. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Trio Guest Lindsey Stirling Was Once Blasted on 'America's Got Talent'," 16 Oct. 2018 Baby speculation began after arches of pink and blue balloons were photographed at the musician's pad, and celebrities including Julia Roberts and Sean Penn were seen arriving. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Did Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin Just Host a Gender Reveal Party?," 8 Oct. 2018 But when Underwood finally made her public debut after healing, fans were surprised to see that the musician looked...exactly the same. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Carrie Underwood Is Embracing Her Facial Scar With Rainbow Makeup and Glitter on Instagram," 8 Oct. 2018 Check out some of our favorite pregnancy style moments the musician has had so far, and how to steal the looks for yourself. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here’s Proof That Carrie Underwood Is the Best-Dressed Pregnant Woman Ever," 7 Oct. 2018 In 2016, the musician lost his wife and the mother of their 18-month-old daughter to stage-4 pancreatic cancer. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "In 'Vanity Fair,' Michelle Williams Reveals She Secretly Married Musician Phil Elverum," 26 July 2018 Many of my customers are the local gigging musicians who play just about every weekend during the summer. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Down to Business: Making sweet music with guitars," 13 July 2018 This will be the ninth year of the Happy Together tour; this year the musicians are hitting over 40 stops across the country, from New Jersey to Sacramento. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "5 Cal State Fair musical acts you don’t want to miss this year," 13 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of musician

: a person who writes, sings, or plays music with skill and especially as a profession

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