Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for musical on Thesaurus.com of, relating to, or producing music: a musical instrument. of the nature of or resembling music; melodious; harmonious. fond of or skilled in music. set to or accompanied by music: a musical entertainment. Also called musical comedy. a play or motion picture in which the story line is interspersed with or developed by songs, dances, and the like. Origin of musical
First recorded in
1375–1425; late Middle English
-al 1 Related forms mu·si·cal·ly, adverb mu·si·cal·i·ty, 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 un·mu·si·cal·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for musicality Historical Examples From this standpoint it follows that musicality as such is capable of cultivation apart from instrumental performance. British Dictionary definitions for musicality 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 Derived Forms musically, adverb musicalness or musicality, noun
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Word Origin and History for musicality musical adj.
early 15c., "pertaining to music; tuneful, harmonious; adept at making music," from Middle French
musical (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin musicalis, from Latin musica (see music). Musical box is from 1829. Children's game musical chairs is attested from 1877, hence use of musical as a modifier meaning "changing rapidly from one to another possessor" (1924). Related: Musically. musical n.
"theatrical piece in which music figures prominently," 1937, from
musical (adj.) in musical play. Earlier as a noun it meant "musical instrument" (c.1500), "musical performance" (1570s); "musical party" (1823, a sense now in musicale).
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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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