[ myoo-zi-kuhl ]
/ ˈmyu zɪ kəl /


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 word from Medieval Latin word mūsicālis. See music, -al1

Related forms

Can be confused

musical musicale Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for musically


/ (ˈmjuːzɪkəl) /


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

Derived Forms

musically, adverbmusicalness or musicality, noun
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Culture definitions for 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.

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