[ myoo-zi-kuhl ]
See synonyms for: musicalmusicalsmusicalitymusically on

  1. of, relating to, or producing music: a musical instrument.

  2. of the nature of or resembling music; melodious; harmonious.

  1. fond of or skilled in music.

  2. set to or accompanied by music: a musical entertainment.

  1. a play or movie in which the storyline is interspersed with or developed by songs, dances, and the like.

Origin of musical

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; from Medieval Latin mūsicālis; see music, -al1

Other words for musical

Other words from musical

  • mu·si·cal·ly, adverb
  • mu·si·cal·i·ty [myoo-zi-kal-i-tee], /ˌmyu zɪˈkæl ɪ ti/, mu·si·cal·ness, noun
  • an·ti·mu·si·cal, adjective
  • an·ti·mu·si·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·mu·si·cal·ness, noun
  • non·mu·si·cal, adjective
  • non·mu·si·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·mu·si·cal·ness, noun
  • pre·mu·si·cal, adjective
  • pre·mu·si·cal·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-mu·si·cal, adjective
  • qua·si-mu·si·cal·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with musical

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

How to use musical in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for musical


/ (ˈmjuːzɪkəl) /

  1. of, relating to, or used in music: a musical instrument

  2. harmonious; melodious: musical laughter

  1. talented in or fond of music

  2. involving or set to music: a musical evening

  1. short for musical comedy

Derived forms of musical

  • musically, adverb
  • musicalness or musicality, noun

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Cultural definitions for musical


A play or film that contains musical numbers. Musicals can be comedic (see musical comedy) or serious in tone, such as Porgy and Bess.

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