of, relating to, or producing music: a musical instrument.
a play or movie in which the storyline is interspersed with or developed by songs, dances, and the like.
- 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
- musical , musicale
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How to use musical in a sentence
University of Toulouse archaeologist Carole Fritz and her colleagues recently recognized the shell as a musical instrument.Listen to haunting notes from an 18,000-year-old conch shell trumpet | Kiona N. Smith | February 12, 2021 | Ars Technica
The song of a fin whale is not exactly the sort of thing you'd typically describe as musical.Using whale songs to image beneath the ocean’s floor | John Timmer | February 11, 2021 | Ars Technica
In musical terms, grower Champagne is a like solo album, while house Champagnes are more collaborations, like GZA’s Liquid Swords compared to the group triumph of Wu-Tang Forever, or Zayn Malik’s latest compared with anything from One Direction.
If the shell horn was used as a musical instrument, it’s certainly not the oldest.Humans made a horn out of a conch shell about 18,000 years ago | Bruce Bower | February 10, 2021 | Science News
In the host city of Tampa, parties are being planned with performances by top musical acts.Super spreader Sunday? Experts worry Super Bowl could trigger coronavirus explosion | Brittany Shammas, Fenit Nirappil, Mark Maske | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
He was treated like an immigrant, working for minimum wage, missing his family and having to move on from his musical career.
Her very first performance onstage came at the age of 4, when she cameoed as a dancing flower in the musical Bye Bye Birdie.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom | Marlow Stern | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her mother had a musical theater background, so Malone grew up backstage, watching productions come to fruition.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom | Marlow Stern | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I heard that at one point you were trying to put together a Batman musical on Broadway.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel | Marlow Stern | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The cultural weather was particularly clement for musical theater writers during this period.
All my musical studies till now have been a mere going to school, a preparation for him.
In connection with this step the practice of melodies is useful, if one has musical taste.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
There cannot be many persons in the world who keep up with the whole range of musical literature as he does.
Chief and most musical among these signs were the almost forgotten sounds of dropping water, and tinkling rills.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
It is a great thing for the musical education of the country to have such an organization travelling every winter.
British Dictionary definitions for musical
of, relating to, or used in music: a musical instrument
harmonious; melodious: musical laughter
talented in or fond of music
involving or set to music: a musical evening
short for musical comedy
- musically, adverb
- musicalness or musicality, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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