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[myoo-zish-uh n-ship] /myuˈzɪʃ ənˌʃɪp/
knowledge, skill, and artistic sensitivity in performing music.
Origin of musicianship
First recorded in 1865-70; musician + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Against it, intelligence and musicianship and habits of industry don't count at all.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • Where is musicianship needed more than in the case of the singer?

  • In humour and in musicianship alike it is less subtle than its predecessor, but it triumphed by sheer dash and high spirits.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • Its musicianship—the sheer technical artistry which contrived it—is stupefying in its enormous and inerrant mastery.

    Aspects of Modern Opera Lawrence Gilman
  • It was a period when there was still a considerable tradition of musicianship among the amateurs of English society.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • Always remember that musicianship carries one much further than a good natural voice.

  • At another place the musicianship of one instrumentalist was truly appalling.

    The Secrets of a Savoyard Henry A. Lytton
  • Marianne Stecher is another successful organist and composer, and her many fugues earn her a high rank for musicianship.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • These subjects will be of the greatest benefit in developing his musicianship; indeed he cannot well get on without them.

    Vocal Mastery Harriette Brower
British Dictionary definitions for musicianship


skill or artistry in performing music
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for musicianship

1828, from musician + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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