noun, often attributive
mu·​sic | \ ˈmyü-zik How to pronounce music (audio) \

Definition of music

1a : the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity
b : vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony choral music piano music recorded music
2a : an agreeable sound : euphony her voice was music to my ears the music of a nightingale
b : musical quality the music of verse the music of lovingly orchestrated wordsSaturday Review
3 : a musical accompaniment a play set to music
4 : the score (see score entry 1 sense 6a) of a musical composition set down on paper leafing through the music
5 : a distinctive type or category of music there is a music for everybody— Eric Salzman rock music jazz music classical music

Examples of music in a Sentence

This is one of my favorite pieces of music. performing music in front of an audience dancing to the music of a big band They are writing music for a new album. a song with music by George Gershwin and words by Ira Gershwin He is learning to read music. She studied music in college.
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Recent Examples on the Web

There will also be live music, a mobile auction, and much more., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 21 June 2019 There would be music and movement and an acoustic ecologist. Mary Schmich,, "Column: Make your summer wish list before summer gets away," 21 June 2019 That's music to the ears of equity investors — lower rates often spur demand for riskier assets, including stocks. Alain Sherter, CBS News, "Dow joins S&P 500 in notching new all-time high," 21 June 2019 The music industry has had Convert2MP3 in its crosshairs for some time. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Popular audio ripping site Convert2MP3 shuts down after lawsuit," 21 June 2019 There's also live music, margaritas and Mondo Lucha wrestling. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "9 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, possibly Milwaukee's busiest weekend ever," 20 June 2019 There will also be music from violinist Kaelyn Quinn, as well as a live and silent auction. Anchorage Daily News, "It’s Sousapalooza! time," 20 June 2019 There will be music from DJ Jacoby and performances from Ginger Lesnapps, Alexander Cameron and Alexander Storm. Briana Rice,, "Everything you need to know about Pride Week in Cincinnati," 18 June 2019 Fellow Premier League giants Manchester City and Liverpool have also ruled themselves out, which will be music to the ears of Manchester United, who look to be in an even stronger position than before., "Tottenham Rule Out Bruno Fernandes Move to Leave Man Utd in Pole Position for Signature," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of music

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for music

Middle English musik, from Anglo-French musike, from Latin musica, from Greek mousikē any art presided over by the Muses, especially music, from feminine of mousikos of the Muses, from Mousa Muse

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English Language Learners Definition of music

: sounds that are sung by voices or played on musical instruments
: written or printed symbols showing how music should be played or sung
: the art or skill of creating or performing music


mu·​sic | \ ˈmyü-zik How to pronounce music (audio) \

Kids Definition of music

1 : an arrangement of sounds having melody, rhythm and usually harmony classical music
2 : the art of producing pleasing or expressive combinations of tones especially with melody, rhythm, and usually harmony I want to study music in college.
3 : a musical composition set down on paper Bring your music.
4 : a pleasing sound Your voice is music to my ears.

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