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  1. an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.

  2. the tones or sounds employed, occurring in single line (melody) or multiple lines (harmony), and sounded or to be sounded by one or more voices or instruments, or both.

  1. musical work or compositions for singing or playing.

  2. the written or printed score of a musical composition.

  3. such scores collectively.

  4. any sweet, pleasing, or harmonious sounds or sound: the music of the waves.

  5. appreciation of or responsiveness to musical sounds or harmonies: Music was in his very soul.

  6. Fox Hunting. the cry of the hounds.

Idioms about music

  1. face the music, to meet, take, or accept the consequences of one's mistakes, actions, etc.: He's squandered his money and now he's got to face the music.

Origin of music

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English musike, from Latin mūsica, from Greek mousikḕ (téchnē) “(the art) of the Muse,” feminine of mousikós, from Moûs(a) Muse + -ikos -ic

Other words from music

  • mu·sic·less, adjective
  • an·ti·mu·sic, noun, adjective
  • un·der·mu·sic, noun

Words Nearby music Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use music in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for music


/ (ˈmjuːzɪk) /

  1. an art form consisting of sequences of sounds in time, esp tones of definite pitch organized melodically, harmonically, rhythmically and according to tone colour

  2. such an art form characteristic of a particular people, culture, or tradition: Indian music; rock music; baroque music

  1. the sounds so produced, esp by singing or musical instruments

  2. written or printed music, such as a score or set of parts

  3. any sequence of sounds perceived as pleasing or harmonious

  4. rare a group of musicians: the Queen's music

  5. face the music informal to confront the consequences of one's actions

  6. music to one's ears something that is very pleasant to hear: his news is music to my ears

Origin of music

C13: via Old French from Latin mūsica, from Greek mousikē (tekhnē) (art) belonging to the Muses, from Mousa Muse

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Other Idioms and Phrases with music


In addition to the idiom beginning with music

  • music to one's ears

also see:

  • face the music

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