- Also called musical comedy. a play or motion picture in which the story line is interspersed with or developed by songs, dances, and the like.
Origin of musical
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Examples from the Web for musical
He was treated like an immigrant, working for minimum wage, missing his family and having to move on from his musical career.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
Her very first performance onstage came at the age of 4, when she cameoed as a dancing flower in the musical Bye Bye Birdie.
Her mother had a musical theater background, so Malone grew up backstage, watching productions come to fruition.
I heard that at one point you were trying to put together a Batman musical on Broadway.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
December 17, 2014
The cultural weather was particularly clement for musical theater writers during this period.When Broadway Musicals Were Dark And Subversive
December 16, 2014
When Vavasor was gone she turned with greater diligence to her musical studies.
To confess the strange truth, he never told me you were musical.
Far away through the forest might be heard its musical clangor and swell.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
My voice was a marvel even to myself, so rich and full and musical!The Bacillus of Beauty
It was Mattheson, by his own account, who introduced Handel to the musical life of Hamburg.Handel
Edward J. Dent
- of, relating to, or used in musica musical instrument
- harmonious; melodiousmusical laughter
- talented in or fond of music
- involving or set to musica musical evening
- short for musical comedy
Word Origin and History for musical
early 15c., "pertaining to music; tuneful, harmonious; adept at making music," from Middle French musical (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin musicalis, from Latin musica (see music). Musical box is from 1829. Children's game musical chairs is attested from 1877, hence use of musical as a modifier meaning "changing rapidly from one to another possessor" (1924). Related: Musically.
A play or film that contains musical numbers. Musicals can be comedic (see musical comedy) or serious in tone, such as Porgy and Bess.