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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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(ˌmyu zɪˈkæl)

a social occasion featuring music.
[1840–50, Amer.; < French, short for soirée musicale musical evening]
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[ˌmjuːzɪˈkɑːl] Nvelada f musical
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In the large and pleasant salon which extended across the width of the house, the Ratignolles entertained their friends once a fortnight with a soiree musicale, sometimes diversified by card-playing.
There was a Madame de Raudon, who certainly had a matinee musicale at Wildbad, accompanied by Herr Spoff, premier pianist to the Hospodar of Wallachia, and my little friend Mr.
De son cote, Othmane El Khaloufi, accompagne de son groupe, s'est illustre en offrant des performances musicales qui parlent aussi bien au coeur qu'a l'esprit, dans un style melant, entre autres, musique marocaine traditionnelle, chaabi, jazz, reggae et blues.
The 80-year old songwriter also created the libretto and songs of such original Filipino musicales as "Buhay Ay Isang Awit," "Cory The Musicale," and "Nasaan Si Jesus?"
Thompson, McFerran et Gold (2014) soutiennent en effet que des activites musicales (contenant notamment des chansons) auraient favorise l'engagement social de 23 enfants ages de 3 a 6 ans.
The Central Office of Repertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) in Frankfurt, Germany, is pleased to announce the release of Muscat, its specialized program to catalog musical sources.
Il comprendra dix titres, dans des sonorites musicales oranaises.