musical Definition

  • 1relating to music; melodious or harmonious
  • 2a play or film in which singing and dancing play an essential part

Using musical: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "musical" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    She has a musical voice.

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    The concert was a great musical experience.

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    The Sound of Music is a famous musical.

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    He composed the musical score for the film.

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    She is taking singing and dancing lessons for the school musical.

musical Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for musical

Idioms Using musical

  • accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions


    He knew he had to face the music after breaking the vase.

  • music to someone's ears

    something that is very pleasing or satisfying to hear


    The news of her promotion was music to her ears.

  • strike up the band

    to start playing music


    As soon as the bride and groom kissed, the band struck up the music.

Phrases with musical

  • a game played by a group of people, especially children, in which players walk around a set of chairs arranged in a circle, with one chair less than the number of players. When the music stops, the players must sit down on a chair, and the player who is left standing is eliminated. One chair is then removed, and the game continues until only one player remains.


    The children were playing musical chairs at the birthday party.

  • an object or device used to produce musical sounds


    The guitar is a popular musical instrument.

  • a system of symbols used to represent musical sounds


    Learning musical notation is essential for any musician.

Origins of musical

from Latin 'musica', meaning 'the art of music'


Summary: musical in Brief

The term 'musical' [ˈmjuːzɪkl] can be used as an adjective to describe anything related to music, such as 'She has a musical voice.' It can also be a noun, referring to a play or film in which singing and dancing play an essential part, like 'The Sound of Music.' The phrase 'musical chairs' refers to a children's game, while 'musical instrument' and 'musical notation' refer to objects and systems used in music. Idioms include 'face the music,' meaning to accept the consequences of one's actions, and 'music to someone's ears,' meaning something pleasing to hear.

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