non·​mu·​si·​cal ˌnän-ˈmyü-zi-kəl How to pronounce nonmusical (audio)
: not of, relating to, including, or having the quality of music : not musical
nonmusical activities
a nonmusical performance
a harsh, nonmusical sound

Examples of nonmusical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The adults who reported seeing a musical theater production fell from about 17 percent to 10 percent; the number for nonmusical plays dropped from about 9 percent to 5 percent. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 But her greatest nonmusical achievement is the innocuous art she’s made of the gape. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2023 This isn't the first time Sheeran has tried his hand at nonmusical gigs. USA TODAY, 14 Aug. 2023 It was nominated for twelve Tony Awards, breaking the record for a nonmusical play—and then lost them all. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 But after the success of his first two albums, Biz Markie’s third would become a part of hip-hop history for nonmusical reasons, which would nonetheless reverberate through the genre: a copyright lawsuit. New York Times, 16 July 2021 Still, the nonmusical musical is sure to hit all the right notes. oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2023 Paredes, a rare nonmusical member of the family who was more interested in film, serendipitously crossed paths again with González years later. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2022 That’s true even in nonmusical plays that have become much more visually abstract in recent years. New York Times, 30 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonmusical was in 1834

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“Nonmusical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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