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musical

[ myoo-zi-kuhl ]
/ ˈmyu zɪ kəl /
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adjective
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.
noun
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.
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Origin of musical

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word mūsicālis.See music, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM musical

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH musical

musical , musicale
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How to use musical in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for musical

musical
/ (ˈmjuːzɪkəl) /

adjective
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
noun
short for musical comedy

Derived forms of musical

musically, adverbmusicalness or musicality, noun
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Cultural definitions for musical

musical

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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