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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. 2018.
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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?

  • It was a period when there was still a considerable tradition of musicianship among the amateurs of English society.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • These subjects will be of the greatest benefit in developing his musicianship; indeed he cannot well get on without them.

    Vocal Mastery Harriette Brower
  • At another place the musicianship of one instrumentalist was truly appalling.

    The Secrets of a Savoyard Henry A. Lytton
  • Its musicianship—the sheer technical artistry which contrived it—is stupefying in its enormous and inerrant mastery.

    Aspects of Modern Opera Lawrence Gilman
  • Always remember that musicianship carries one much further than a good natural voice.

  • 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
  • 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
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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