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[myoo-zi-kal] /ˌmyu zɪˈkæl/
a music program forming the main part of a social occasion.
Origin of musicale
1840-50, Americanism; < French, short for soirée musicale musical evening
Can be confused
musical, musicale. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for musicale
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  • You're going to this musicale in a Vincent dress of mine, if you can wear it, and judging by the eye, I think you can.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • You've got to have your clothes if you're going to the musicale.

    Evening Dress W. D. Howells
  • The usual time for the afternoon musicale is from four to six.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
  • Yet she goes to New York the very day her friend gives a musicale.

    The Millionaire Baby Anna Katharine Green
  • On the evening on which it was to take place the bride and groom had dined at one house, and gone to a musicale at another.

  • The drawing-room was delicious that May afternoon—the next after the musicale at Landgrave's.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Glad to see you back alive, and just in time for Agnes to kill you with Mrs. Miller's musicale.

    Evening Dress W. D. Howells
  • The death of her husband must have been a dreadful blow to Mrs. musicale.

    The New Pun Book Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
  • If musicale is too serviceable to demand banishment, why should it not drop the e and become musical?

    Society for Pure English, Tract 5 Society for Pure English
  • Four were going to a musicale, half a dozen to do some last shopping.

    The Girls at Mount Morris Amanda Minnie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for musicale


(US & Canadian) a party or social evening with a musical programme
Word Origin
C19: shortened from French soirée musicale musical evening
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for musicale

"musical party," 1872, from French musicale, short for soirée musicale "musical evening (party);" see musical (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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