quasimusical

musical

[myoo-zi-kuhl]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or producing music: a musical instrument.
2.
of the nature of or resembling music; melodious; harmonious.
3.
fond of or skilled in music.
4.
set to or accompanied by music: a musical entertainment.
noun
5.
Also called musical comedy. a play or motion picture in which the story line is interspersed with or developed by songs, dances, and the like.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin mūsicālis. See music, -al1

musically, adverb
musicality, musicalness, noun
antimusical, adjective
antimusically, adverb
antimusicalness, noun
nonmusical, adjective
nonmusically, adverb
nonmusicalness, noun
premusical, adjective
premusically, adverb
quasi-musical, adjective
quasi-musically, adverb
unmusicality, noun

musical, musicale.


1. tuneful, dulcet, sweet, lyric.
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musical (ˈmjuːzɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or used in music: a musical instrument
2.  harmonious; melodious: musical laughter
3.  talented in or fond of music
4.  involving or set to music: a musical evening
 
n
5.  short for musical comedy
 
'musically
 
adv
 
'musicalness
 
n
 
musi'cality
 
n

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musical
early 15c., "pertaining to music; tuneful, harmonious; adept at making music," from Fr. musical (14c.), from M.L. musicalis, from L. musica (see music). Noun meaning "a theatrical piece in which music figures prominently" is from 1938. Children's game musical chairs is attested
from 1877, hence use of musical as a modifier meaning "changing rapidly from one to another possessor" (1924).
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musical definition


A play or film that contains musical numbers. Musicals can be comedic (see musical comedy) or serious in tone, such as Porgy and Bess.

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