musicale

[myoo-zi-kal]

noun

a music program forming the main part of a social occasion.

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 of musicale

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

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

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

    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

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

    The Girls at Mount Morris

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

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

    The Girls at Mount Morris

    Amanda Minnie Douglas


British Dictionary definitions for musicale

musicale

noun

US and Canadian a party or social evening with a musical programme

Word Origin for musicale

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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