Definition of musical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmjuːzɪk(ə)l/


1Relating 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 or 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.


A play or film in which singing and dancing play an essential part. Musicals developed from light opera in the early 20th century: a hit West End musical, Miss Saigon
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /mjuːzɪˈkaləti/
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  • This is Mr. A. Reichling's second performance with the orchestra Riga, enchanting all listeners and musicians with his musicality and high level of professionalism.
  • Beautiful tone, assured phrasing, wonderful contrasts of light and shade, the players revelled in Haydn's ever-inventive musicality.
  • Carter's gleaming tone, innate musicality, and musical daring produced a striking, memorable interpretation of this late Brahms masterwork.




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

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