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music definition


This page has 10 definitions of music in English, Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association), and Middle English. Music is a noun, verb and adjective. Examples of how to use music in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: Music, Musić, and músic

English music definition


Alternative forms


From Middle English musik, musike, borrowed from Anglo-Norman musik, musike, Old French musique, and their source Latin mūsica, from Ancient Greek μουσική (mousikḗ), from Ancient Greek Μοῦσα (Moûsa, Muse), an Ancient Greek deity of the arts. Surface analysis muse +‎ -ic (pertaining to). Displaced native Old English drēam, which was a cognate with English dream.



music (usually uncountable, plural musics)

  1. A series of sounds organized in time, employing melody, harmony, tempo etc. usually to convey a mood.
    I keep listening to this music because it's a masterpiece.
    • 2013 November 22, Ian Sample, “Music lessons in early childhood may improve brain's performance”, in The Guardian Weekly[1], volume 189, number 24, page 32:
      Music lessons in early childhood lead to changes in the brain that could improve its performance far into adulthood, researchers say.
  2. (figuratively) Any pleasing or interesting sounds.
    • 1856, John Esten Cooke, The Virginia Comedians[2], page 247:
      “Oh! this was very kind,” she said, with that simplicity and tenderness, which at times made her voice pure music, “I could not have expected you so soon.”
  3. An art form, created by organizing of pitch, rhythm, and sounds made using musical instruments and sometimes singing.
  4. A guide to playing or singing a particular tune; sheet music.
  5. (military, slang) Electronic signal jamming.
  6. (US, slang, dated) Heated argument.
  7. (US, slang, dated) Fun; amusement.


Derived terms



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music (third-person singular simple present musics, present participle musicking, simple past and past participle musicked)

  1. (transitive) To seduce or entice with music.

See also


  • music in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • music at OneLook Dictionary Search


Interlingua music definition



music (comparative plus music, superlative le plus music)

  1. musical, of, or pertaining to music.


Middle English music definition



  1. Alternative form of musike