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a music program forming the main part of a social occasion
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musical – pertaining to music: a musical instrument; tuneful; melodious; harmonious; dulcet; lyrical
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A program of music performed at a party or social gathering.
[French, from (soirée) musicale, musical (evening), feminine of musical, from musique, music; see music.]
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(Music, other) US and Canadian a party or social evening with a musical programme
[C19: shortened from French soirée musicale musical evening]
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a social occasion featuring music.
[1840–50, Amer.; < French, short for soirée musicale musical evening]
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