• IPA: /ˈmju.zɪ.kəl/


  1. Of, belonging or relating to music, or to its performance or notation.
    musical proportion; musical instruments
  2. Pleasing to the ear; sounding agreeably; having the qualities of music; melodious; harmonious.
    She had a musical voice.
  3. Fond of music; discriminating with regard to music; gifted or skilled in music.
    the child is musical; having a musical ear
  4. Pertaining to a class of games in which players move while music plays, but have to take a fixed position when it stops; by extension, any situation where people repeatedly change positions.
    • 1962, Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: A Play, Simon and Schuster ISBN 9780743255257, page 34
      Musical beds is the faculty sport around here.
    • 2004, Mike Bright, A Dream Realized: A Collection of Poems by Cowboy Mike Bright, Xulon Press ISBN 9781594672637, page 341
      Musical seats upon an airplane is not a game I recommend.
    • 2006, Evelyn Palfrey, The Price of Passion, Simon and Schuster ISBN 9780671042219, page 441
      “Sounds like y'all are playing musical houses. How did you convince your mama to move to Austin?”
    • 2011, Leonard James Schoppa, The Evolution of Japan's Party System: Politics and Policy in an Era of Institutional Change, University of Toronto Press ISBN 9781442611672, page 14
      Parties were splitting, forming, merging, and dissolving in such rapid succession that the game of musical chairs seemed to describe what was going on better than any known theory of political science.
    • 2014, Tyler McMahon, Kilometer 99: A Novel, St. Martin's Griffin ISBN 9781466847453, page 138
      Among my small circle of college friends, and even more so among the volunteers here, couples are so often changing places, people playing musical lovers.
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musical (plural musicals)

  1. A stage performance, show or film that involves singing, dancing and musical numbers performed by the cast as well as acting.
  2. (probably archaic or obsolete) A meeting or a party for a musical entertainment; a musicale.

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