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[myoo-zish-uh n] /myuˈzɪʃ ən/
a person who makes music a profession, especially as a performer of music.
any person, whether professional or not, skilled in music.
Origin of musician
1350-1400; Middle English musicien < Middle French. See music, -ian
Related forms
musicianly, adjective
unmusicianly, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for musician
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  • It was easy to see that she was not a musician; but, as she forgot her listeners, we forgot everything but her.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • What wonder if to her the music and the musician became one?

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • I am a musician—I play the violin on a boat till I strike—so now I will get you the music.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • "He's something of a musician, too, now that I remember," added the young lady.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Or was he a musician—what Anna Sartorius called ein Musiker?

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
British Dictionary definitions for musician


a person who plays or composes music, esp as a profession
Derived Forms
musicianly, adjective
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Word Origin and History for musician

late 14c., "one skilled in music," from Old French musicien (14c.), or a native formation from music + -ian. Sense of "professional musical performer" first recorded mid-15c.

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