Adjective "Musical" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to music.
  1. 'As a child of the 60s and 70s I still hanker after the music of my youth but my children's musical tastes have turned me on to current great Australian bands.'
  2. 'The way I find music is that I have a few friends whose musical tastes I trust.'
  3. 'A wonderfully eerie musical score accompanies the two youngsters as they pound miles of wet roads for hours on end, experiencing nothing but uncertainty at every turn.'
  4. 'As a theorist he was influential in the codification of sonata form and other musical structures.'
  5. 'And I suppose he deserves it, even if his musical style is a taste I am still trying to acquire.'
  6. 'Now, far be it from me to judge a man's musical tastes; after all, what's beautiful music to one is nails on blackboard to another.'
  7. 'He, too, was totally aware of the emotional content of each song and cut his musical cloth accordingly while accompanying with true artistry.'
  8. 'The selections run the gamut from folk song through musical theatre to grand opera.'
  9. 'She can no longer play the piano to provide musical accompaniment to the choirs.'
  10. 'The dazzlingly choreographed fireworks performances will be accompanied by a musical programme.'
  11. 'Then gradually the musical accompaniment and singing separated and it became an opera form.'
  12. 'Groups must provide their own live musical accompaniment of not more than 4 musicians.'
  13. 'They take it in turns to be in the groups - usually six or eight at a time, and there are four or so able musical accompanists - not more than two playing at once.'
  14. 'The tunes passed across the generations by memory are sung in unison without any musical accompaniment.'
  15. 'Silent films are also shown, accompanied by live musical performances.'
  16. 'Contemporary dancers will perform with live musical accompaniment comprising natuvangam, mridangam, veena and nadaswaram.'
  17. 'Henry was very musical, but his wife was tone-deaf'
Having a pleasant sound; melodious or tuneful.
  1. 'He laughed and it sounded so musical I couldn't help but smile.'
  2. 'I don't know, but they use all these weird sounds in such a musical way.'
  3. 'He had a strange accent that sounded almost musical; I liked it.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'Its cry was musical, not sounding like one wolf, but a chorus of many.'
  6. 'She wheezed ever so slightly, a small whistle that sounded almost musical.'


A play or film in which singing and dancing play an essential part. Musicals developed from light opera in the early 20th century.
  1. 'I think the main problem was the glut of musicals that had sprung up at the box office.'
  2. 'The test of these big, old-fashioned musicals is whether they bring a smile to your face and set your feet tapping.'
  3. 'Why not get kids studying the Victorians to learn songs from Oliver! or Gilbert and Sullivan musicals?'
  4. 'Since then he has starred in over a dozen pantomimes and countless musicals.'
  5. 'The repertoire will not be too taxing and will vary from musicals, light opera and more formal pieces.'
  6. 'On the theatre stage or the silver screen, musicals hold a special place in many people's hearts.'
  7. 'Why do I bother with a lady who only appeared in seven musicals and made only nine records?'
  8. 'This was followed by one member of the group singing songs from classic musicals such as Grease and Miss Saigon.'
  9. 'As a child she had sung in amateur musicals and taken dancing lessons.'
  10. 'An organization that develops new musicals is producing a cabaret show of my songs that opens in a week and a half.'


1. of, relating 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. noun

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.

More examples(as adjective)

"orchestras can be musical to marrows."

"children can be musical for successes."

"children can be musical for careers."

"instruments can be musical."

"chairs can be musical."

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