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Pronunciation: /ˈmjuːzɪk

Definition of music in English:


[mass noun]
1Vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion: couples were dancing to the music baroque music
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  • Participants should come with a prepared piece of baroque solo violin music.
  • Local instrumental and vocal music is very popular, as are songs from other Arab countries.
  • Baroque music like this requires a distinguished ensemble with virtuosi performers.
tune, air, melody, theme, subject, line, part;
song, refrain, jingle, piece
1.1The art or science of composing or performing music: he devoted his life to music
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  • He combined his interests in music and literature with first class science.
  • We often think of music as expressing emotions, and research has backed this notion up.
  • She started to play the clarinet and studied music at university in Wolverhampton.
1.2A sound perceived as pleasingly harmonious: the background music of softly lapping water
2The written or printed signs representing vocal or instrumental sound: Tony learned to read music
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  • I'm of the personal opinion that anyone who writes a bit of music with six flat signs is just plain showing off.
  • His computer held a program which let him write down music and print it out, and it also acted as a database for tunes.
  • How envious I am of those who can read music and make musical instruments come alive.
2.1The score or scores of a musical composition or compositions: the music was open on a stand
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  • The industry is seeing more and more teachers buying from outside suppliers of print music and instruments through the Internet, mail order catalogues, and other retailers.
  • He could always churn out a couple of pieces on a piano even without his music.
  • It also enables local societies to borrow extensive collections of music scores for performances.
printed music, notes, score, part, engraving


Middle English: from Old French musique, via Latin from Greek mousikē (tekhnē) '(art) of the Muses', from mousa 'muse'.


music of the spheres

see sphere.

music to one's ears

Something that is very pleasant or gratifying to hear or discover: the commission’s report was music to the ears of the government
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  • And this is why it was music to my ears when I heard the President today say that he believes in after school programs, that he believes in taking care of those kids.
  • It was one of my goals when I started, you see, so that's music to my ears, to hear someone say that.
  • Even an acknowledgement that ‘mistakes were made ‘- a notorious passive-voice, bureaucratic quasi-evasion of responsibility - would be music to our ears just about now.’

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