- 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
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Contemporary Examples of musically
What made it even worse was that the Sex Pistols, musically, were an undeniably great band.The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten: His Memoir Seethes With Anger—And Charm
November 20, 2014
I would just say, musically, you just outgrow bands philosophically and politically.
In order for a reunion to happen, it would take a high level of trust, musically, on everything that happened.
He truly believed this, and in this respect, as well as musically, he has been a powerful influence on many musicians since.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
Musically and spiritually, Ravi had a huge influence on George throughout his entire life.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
Historical Examples of musically
“Is-o-bel––Is-o-bel,” Genevieve intoned the name 267 musically.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
I merely exploited him musically to bluff off the Class Beauty.Miss Pat at School
"I love to speak to you," she said, musically drawling her words.Foma Gordyeff
In the desire to test her conclusion, she laughed quietly, musically.Under the Rose
Frederic Stewart Isham
How silent they are, and how clearly and musically her voice sounds!Windsor Castle
William Harrison Ainsworth
- of, relating to, or used in musica musical instrument
- harmonious; melodiousmusical laughter
- talented in or fond of music
- involving or set to musica musical evening
- short for musical comedy
Word Origin and History for musically
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.
A play or film that contains musical numbers. Musicals can be comedic (see musical comedy) or serious in tone, such as Porgy and Bess.