- a music program forming the main part of a social occasion.
Origin of musicale
1840–50, Americanism; < French, short for soirée musicale musical evening
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Examples from the Web for musicale
The musicale was discussed and Miss Landgrave's singing praised.
The drawing-room was delicious that May afternoon—the next after the musicale at Landgrave's.
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
Clara had gone to the musicale and would not be home until late.
Four were going to a musicale, half a dozen to do some last shopping.
- US and Canadian a party or social evening with a musical programme
C19: shortened from French soirée musicale musical evening
Word Origin and History for musicale
"musical party," 1872, from French musicale, short for soirée musicale "musical evening (party);" see musical (adj.).
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