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musical Syllabification: mu·si·cal
Pronunciation: /ˈmyo͞ozək(ə)l/

Definition of musical in English:


1Of or relating to music: they shared similar musical tastes
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  • I think there are certain items in a piano competition that are not matters of musical opinion or taste.
  • And I suppose he deserves it, even if his musical style is a taste I am still trying to acquire.
  • Heck, there are times when I have cringed at the musical tastes of musicians I admire.
1.1Set to or accompanied by music: an evening of musical entertainment
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  • The menu is Mediterranean fusion mixed with Jazz at lunchtime, then accompanied with a different musical theme each night.
  • The dazzlingly choreographed fireworks performances will be accompanied by a musical programme.
  • She can no longer play the piano to provide musical accompaniment to the choirs.
1.2Fond of or skilled in music: Henry was very musical, but his wife was tone-deaf
2Having a pleasant sound; melodious; tuneful: they burst out into rich, musical laughter
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  • I don't know, but they use all these weird sounds in such a musical way.
  • That the sounds are musical to our ears may say more about us than about the elephants.
  • The mood was contagious, and soon the two had filled the air with the soft sound of laughter, the musical laughter that Angel loved to hear.


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A play or movie in which singing and dancing play an essential part. Musicals developed from light opera in the early 20th century.
Example sentences
  • The repertoire will not be too taxing and will vary from musicals, light opera and more formal pieces.
  • As a child she had sung in amateur musicals and taken dancing lessons.
  • He has also designed extensively for theatre, opera, Broadway musicals, and film.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin musicalis, from Latin musica (see music).



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Both lyrically and musically, the songs here are more straightforward.
  • As a duo, we tend to look toward works that are musically intriguing and challenging.
  • Looked at now, from a distance, it's obvious that the songs are as complex lyrically as they are musically.

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