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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.
1350-1400; Middle English musicien < Middle French. See music, -ian
Related forms
musicianly, adjective
unmusicianly, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for musicians
  • When synchronized sound ended the era of silent films, live musicians were no longer hired to play in movie theaters.
  • Some musicians say people who use technology shortcuts don't understand what they're doing.
  • Some musicians are convinced that cooling an instrument to extreme temperatures can change its tone as well.
  • It happens that artists and musicians can fall into this category.
  • Lots of great musicians-especially jazz musicians-can't even read music.
  • Or they have happy, healthy kids who are athletes or musicians.
  • musicians use them during auditions to keep their hands steadier.
  • One ship had all the artists, musicians, and other creative types.
  • If the government pays the piper, it is likely to demand that the musicians be qualified.
  • Bloggers and pop musicians operate in a penumbra of semi-illegality.
British Dictionary definitions for musicians


a person who plays or composes music, esp as a profession
Derived Forms
musicianly, adjective
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Word Origin and History for musicians



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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