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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Marmolejo has developed her skills as a teacher, actress and professional musician. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Kick off summer with adult ballet and tap classes," 7 June 2019 In April, Nike posted a photo on Instagram of model and musician Annahstasia Enuke with the tiniest tuft of armpit hair. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Summer is sexist: Women have to sweat 'bikini bodies,' hair removal, camp and crime," 7 June 2019 Also on camera are celebrated fellow musicians including Lang Lang, Zubin Mehta, Plácido Domingo and José Carreras, as well as Bono, one of the pop singers Pavarotti collaborated with late in his career. Kenneth Turan,, "Review: With a little help from Ron Howard, ‘Pavarotti’ hits all the right notes," 6 June 2019 Offstage, Gray looks less like a Broadway diva than a grunge musician. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Amber Gray’s Ferocious Twist on the Goddess Persephone in “Hadestown”," 6 June 2019 This year, local musician Kenny Bierschenk is preparing to play taps at a ceremony in Normandy commemorating the invasion. Brittany Harry,, "West Chester musician to play taps on D-Day anniversary in France," 6 June 2019 The rotating cast of elite musicians blends jazz, rock, funk and pop with the sort of precision associated with Steely Dan. kansascity, "KC concerts June 6-12: Luis Miguel, Billie Eilish, Sublime with Rome, Snarky Puppy," 4 June 2019 Beausoleil was convicted of killing musician Gary Hinman. NBC News, "California governor won't free Manson follower Van Houten, recommended for parole," 4 June 2019 Now, all that work is paying off in a big way as the superstar has been named the world's richest female musician, according to Forbes. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "Rihanna is the world's richest female musician, Forbes reports," 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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