AskDefine | Define musical

Dictionary Definition

musical adj
1 characterized by or capable of producing music; "a musical evening"; "musical instruments"
2 talented in or devoted to music; "comes from a very musical family" [ant: unmusical]
3 characteristic of or resembling or accompanied by music; "a musical speaking voice"; "a musical comedy" [ant: unmusical]
4 containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody; "the melodious song of a meadowlark" [syn: melodious, melodic] [ant: unmelodious] n : a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing [syn: musical comedy, musical theater]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Musical



  • musical < Latin musicalis < Ancient Greek μουσικός < μουσική (= music)



  1. Of or relating to music.
  2. Gifted or skilled in music.
  3. Pleasing to the ear. (Her voice had a musical tone.)


of or relating to music
gifted or skilled in music
pleasing to the ear


  1. a stage performance, show or film which involves singing, dancing and musical numbers performed by the cast as well as acting.


stage performance, show or film


IPA: [muzikˈal]


  1. Musical; Of, or pertaining to music. Synonym: music.

Extensive Definition

Musical is the adjective form of music. It may also refer to:
  • Musical theatre, a live theatrical show on stage where the drama progresses by means of music, song and (often) dance
  • Musical film, the film analog of the musical theatre

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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