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musicale

[myoo-zi-kal]
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noun
  1. a music program forming the main part of a social occasion.
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Origin of musicale

1840–50, Americanism; < French, short for soirée musicale musical evening
Can be confusedmusical musicale
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Examples from the Web for musicale

Historical Examples

  • The musicale was discussed and Miss Landgrave's singing praised.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • The drawing-room was delicious that May afternoon—the next after the musicale at Landgrave's.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • The death of her husband must have been a dreadful blow to Mrs. Musicale.

    The New Pun Book

    Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey

  • Clara had gone to the musicale and would not be home until late.

    The Girls at Mount Morris

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • Four were going to a musicale, half a dozen to do some last shopping.

    The Girls at Mount Morris

    Amanda Minnie Douglas


British Dictionary definitions for musicale

musicale

noun
  1. US and Canadian a party or social evening with a musical programme
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Word Origin

C19: shortened from French soirée musicale musical evening
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Word Origin and History for musicale

n.

"musical party," 1872, from French musicale, short for soirée musicale "musical evening (party);" see musical (adj.).

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