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[myoo-zish-uh n] /myuˈzɪʃ ən/
a person who makes music a profession, especially as a performer of music.
any person, whether professional or not, skilled in music.
Origin of musician
1350-1400; Middle English musicien < Middle French. See music, -ian
Related forms
musicianly, adjective
unmusicianly, adjective Unabridged
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  • In a letter to Meyerbeer, in 1887, he states how he came to be a musician.

    Beethoven George Alexander Fischer
  • It was easy to see that she was not a musician; but, as she forgot her listeners, we forgot everything but her.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • One musician composes lyrics, another oratorios, another ragtime, and still another symphonies.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • What wonder if to her the music and the musician became one?

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • For, as Balzac truly remarked, Chopin was less a musician than une ame qui se rend sensible.

British Dictionary definitions for musician


a person who plays or composes music, esp as a profession
Derived Forms
musicianly, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for musician

late 14c., "one skilled in music," from Old French musicien (14c.), or a native formation from music + -ian. Sense of "professional musical performer" first recorded mid-15c.

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