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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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  • His music has a magical feel to it and he's such a fantastic musician.
  • He had been a musician at one time and a teacher of music at another.
  • For the musician there has been a phenomenal advance beyond the rigid rhythmic and harmonic limitations of the older music.
  • For a musician who travels a lot, this has been a handicap.
  • To expect her to also master literature is little different from expecting her to be a great sculptor or musician.
  • Tango dancers take their steps, accompanied by a musician with a concertina.
  • She is also a student of life, exuberant nerd, and musician.
  • Or catch a street musician on your way to check out the whitewater action from a pedestrian bridge.
  • He was a career changer, btw, and had been a professional jazz musician before turning to econ.
  • Sure, if you're a musician you can choose to play the confusing media valuation game with distributors.
British Dictionary definitions for musician


a person who plays or composes music, esp as a profession
Derived Forms
musicianly, adjective
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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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