Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[myoo-zi-kal] /ˌmyu zɪˈkæl/
a music program forming the main part of a social occasion.
Origin of musicale
1840-50, Americanism; < French, short for soirée musicale musical evening
Can be confused
musical, musicale. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for musicale
Historical Examples
  • You're going to this musicale in a Vincent dress of mine, if you can wear it, and judging by the eye, I think you can.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • You've got to have your clothes if you're going to the musicale.

    Evening Dress W. D. Howells
  • The usual time for the afternoon musicale is from four to six.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
  • Yet she goes to New York the very day her friend gives a musicale.

    The Millionaire Baby Anna Katharine Green
  • On the evening on which it was to take place the bride and groom had dined at one house, and gone to a musicale at another.

  • The drawing-room was delicious that May afternoon—the next after the musicale at Landgrave's.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Glad to see you back alive, and just in time for Agnes to kill you with Mrs. Miller's musicale.

    Evening Dress W. D. Howells
  • The death of her husband must have been a dreadful blow to Mrs. musicale.

    The New Pun Book Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
  • If musicale is too serviceable to demand banishment, why should it not drop the e and become musical?

    Society for Pure English, Tract 5 Society for Pure English
  • Four were going to a musicale, half a dozen to do some last shopping.

    The Girls at Mount Morris Amanda Minnie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for musicale


(US & Canadian) a party or social evening with a musical programme
Word Origin
C19: shortened from French soirée musicale musical evening
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for musicale

"musical party," 1872, from French musicale, short for soirée musicale "musical evening (party);" see musical (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for musicale

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for musicale

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for musicale