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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Chelsea, who was also known by her stage name Cherushii, grew up in the Bay Area and had become a San Francisco electronic musician and producer. Colleen Dolan, The Mercury News, "Crushing news Ghost Ship inferno victim’s mom learned from trial," 19 July 2019 The Berkshire Cottages Historical Riding Tour will highlight how and why artists, writers, musicians and others have flocked to the Berkshires over the last 150 years., "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 17 July 2019 Painters, poets, musicians and composers showed up. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "Steve Cannon, Whose Townhouse Was an East Village Salon, Dies at 84," 16 July 2019 From Mexico is a group of artisans, dancers, musicians and other dignitaries. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: How San Diego celebrated its 200th Birthday," 16 July 2019 For decades, the Shoals region has attracted some of the best artists, musicians and chefs in the world – despite being an hour drive from the closest interstate. John Hammontree |,, "Billy Reid on Southern style, Muscle Shoals and James Bond," 15 July 2019 According to authorities, Aguilar grabbed Leathers in a chokehold after the musician and Harris argued inside their Bronx apartment in New York City. Fox News, "Pair facing manslaughter charges in death of Grammy-winning jazz drummer," 12 July 2019 But the biggest reason to revisit this documentary — by director Salima Koroma and producer Jaeki Cho — is the fourth rapper covered: Nora Lum, a musician and comedian better known by her stage name, Awkwafina. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Fans of The Farewell should check out Awkwafina in the Netflix doc Bad Rap," 12 July 2019 Years later, those gatherings have turned into full-out concerts that have attracted traveling musicians and hundreds of audience members for each show. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An Oconomowoc mansion has become a popular concert venue for musicians, even an 'American Idol'," 10 July 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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