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1. Of, relating to, or capable of producing music: a musical instrument.
2. Characteristic of or resembling music; melodious: a musical speaking voice.
3. Set to or accompanied by music: a musical revue.
4. Devoted to or skilled in music.
a. A play or movie that contains musical numbers.
b. A musical comedy.
2. Archaic A musicale.

mu′si·cal·ly adv.


1. (Music, other) of, relating to, or used in music: a musical instrument.
2. harmonious; melodious: musical laughter.
3. (Music, other) talented in or fond of music
4. (Music, other) involving or set to music: a musical evening.
5. (Theatre) short for musical comedy
6. (Film) short for musical comedy
ˈmusically adv
ˈmusicalness, ˌmusiˈcality n


(ˈmyu zɪ kəl)

1. of, pertaining to, or producing music: a musical instrument.
2. of the nature of or resembling music; melodious; harmonious.
3. fond of or skilled in music.
4. set to or accompanied by music: a musical entertainment.
5. Also called musical comedy. a play or motion picture in which the story line is interspersed with or developed by songs, dances, and the like.
[1375–1425; < Medieval Latin mūsicālis]
mu′si•cal•ly, adv.
mu`si•cal′i•ty, n.


1. 'music'

Music is the sound that people make when they sing or play instruments. Music is an uncount noun. You use the singular form of a verb after it.

Their music is uplifting and fun.

You do not call a musical composition a 'music'. You call it a piece of music.

The only pieces of music he knew were the songs in the school's songbook.
2. 'musical' used as an adjective

Musical can be an adjective or a noun. You use it as an adjective to describe things which are connected with the playing or studying of music.

...musical instruments.
...a musical career. of London's most important musical events.

Someone who is musical has a natural ability and interest in music.

He came from a musical family.

However, a student who studies music is called a music student, not a 'musical student'. Someone who teaches music is a music teacher, not a 'musical teacher'. Here is a list of nouns in front of which you use music, not 'musical':

3. 'musical' used as a noun

A musical is a play or film that uses singing and sometimes dancing as part of the story.

She appeared in the musical 'Oklahoma'.


A drama interspersed with numerous songs and dance set-pieces.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.musical - a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancingmusical - a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing
motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, film, picture show, flick, picture - a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement; "they went to a movie every Saturday night"; "the film was shot on location"
play - a theatrical performance of a drama; "the play lasted two hours"
Adj.1.musical - characterized by or capable of producing music; "a musical evening"; "musical instruments"
2.musical - talented in or devoted to music; "comes from a very musical family"
nonmusical, unmusical - lacking interest in or talent for music; "too unmusical to care for concerts"; "it is unfortunate that her children were all nonmusical"
3.musical - characteristic of or resembling or accompanied by music; "a musical speaking voice"; "a musical comedy"
nonmusical, unmusical - not musical in nature; "the unmusical cry of the bluejay"
4.musical - containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melodymusical - containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody; "the melodious song of a meadowlark"


adjective melodious, lyrical, harmonious, melodic, lilting, tuneful, dulcet, sweet-sounding, euphonious, euphonic He had a soft, almost musical voice.
harsh, grating, discordant, unmusical, unmelodious


1. Characterized by harmony of sound:
2. Having or producing a pleasing melody:
3. Resembling or having the effect of music, especially pleasing music:
فِلْم موسيقيمَسْرَحِيَةٌ مُوسِيقِيَةٌموسيقيمُوسِيقِيٌّمَوهوب في الموسيقى
musicalmuzikáliszeneizenészenés játék
glasbenglasbena revijamjuzikl
müzikalmüzikle ilgiliahenklimüzikmüzik gibi
nhạc kịchthuộc âm nhạc


1. (= relating to music) [career, taste, style, accompaniment, composition] → musical; [talent, ability] → musical, para la música
2. (= musically talented) [person, child] → dotado para la música, con aptitudes musicales
he came from a musical familyvenía de una familia de músicos or dotada para la música
3. (= melodious) [laugh, voice] → musical
B. N (Cine, Theat) → musical m
C. CPD musical box Ncaja f de música
musical chairs Njuego msing de las sillas, juego msing del stop
to play musical chairsjugar a las sillas, jugar al stop
musical comedy N (esp US) → comedia f musical
musical director N = music director musical instrument Ninstrumento m musical
musical score N (= written music) → partitura f; (= soundtrack) → banda f sonora


[talent, career] → musical(e)
[person] → musicien(ne)
I'm not musical → Je ne suis pas très musicien.
[sound, voice] → musical(e)
(= show) → comédie f musicalemusical box nboîte f à musiquemusical chairs nplchaises fpl musicales
to play musical chairs (fig)faire des permutationsmusical director ndirecteur m musical, directrice f musicalemusical instrument ninstrument m de musiquemusical interlude nintermède m musical
Superb musical interludes were provided by Sinclair → Les superbes intermèdes musicaux sont l'œuvre de box nboîte f à musiquemusic centre n (= stereo) → chaîne f (stéréo)music director n (= musical director) → directeur m musical, directrice f musicalemusic festival nfestival m de musiquemusic hall nmusic-hall m


(of music)musikalisch; musical noteNote f; musical eveningmusikalischer Abend, Musikabend m
(= tuneful)melodisch
(= musically-minded)musikalisch
nMusical nt


musical box
nSpieluhr for -dose f
musical chairs
n singReise fnach Jerusalem; political musicalein politisches Stühlerücken; Labour and Tories play musical in local governmentLabour und die Konservativen wechseln sich in der Kommunalverwaltung ab
musical director
n (esp US) (of orchestra)Chefdirigent(in) m(f); (of show)musikalischer Leiter, musikalische Leiterin
musical instrument


1. adj (gen) → musicale
he's very musical (fond of) → è amante della musica (skilled) → è portato per la musica
she comes from a musical family → viene da una famiglia di musicisti
2. n (Cine, Theatre) → musical m inv, commedia musicale


(ˈmjuːzik) noun
1. the art of arranging and combining sounds able to be produced by the human voice or by instruments. She prefers classical music to popular music; She is studying music; (also adjective) a music lesson.
2. the written form in which such tones etc are set down. The pianist has forgotten to bring her music.
ˈmusical adjective
1. of or producing music. a musical instrument.
2. like music, especially in being pleasant to hear. a musical voice.
3. (of a person) having a talent for music. Their children are all musical.
a film or play that includes a large amount of singing, dancing etc.
ˈmusically adverb
musician (mjuˈziʃən) noun
1. a person who is skilled in music. The conductor of this orchestra is a fine musician.
2. a person who plays a musical instrument. This show has ten singers, twenty dancers and fifty musicians.


مَسْرَحِيَةٌ مُوسِيقِيَةٌ, مُوسِيقِيٌّ hudební, muzikál musical, musikalsk Musical, musikalisch μιούζικαλ, μουσικός musical musiikki-, musikaali comédie musicale, musical glazbeni, mjuzikl musical, musicale ミュージカル, 音楽の 뮤지컬, 음악적인 musical, muzikaal musikal, musikalsk komedia muzyczna, muzyczny musical музыкальный, мюзикл musikal, musikalisk เกี่ยวกับดนตรี, ละครเพลง müzik, müzikal nhạc kịch, thuộc âm nhạc 音乐剧, 音乐的
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