[ myoo-zish-uh n ]
/ myuˈzɪʃ ən /


a person who makes music a profession, especially as a performer of music.
any person, whether professional or not, skilled in music.

Origin of musician

1350–1400; Middle English musicien < Middle French. See music, -ian
Related formsmu·si·cian·ly, adjectiveun·mu·si·cian·ly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for musician


/ (mjuːˈzɪʃən) /


a person who plays or composes music, esp as a profession
Derived Formsmusicianly, adjective
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Word Origin and History for musician



late 14c., "one skilled in music," from Old French musicien (14c.), or a native formation from music + -ian. Sense of "professional musical performer" first recorded mid-15c.

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