[ myoo-zak ]
/ ˈmyu zæk /


recorded background music transmitted by radio, telephone, or satellite to built-in sets in offices, restaurants, waiting rooms, etc. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for muzak


/ (ˈmjuːzæk) /


trademark recorded light music played in shops, restaurants, factories, etc, to entertain, increase sales or production, etc
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Word Origin and History for muzak



1935, proprietary name for piped music, supposedly a blend of music and Kodak, said to have been coined c.1922 by Gen. George Squier, who developed the system of background music for workplaces.

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