Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who composes, conducts, or performs music, especially instrumental music.

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  • n. A composer, conductor, or performer of music.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One skilled in the art or science of music; esp., a skilled singer, or performer on a musical instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes music a profession or otherwise devotes himself to it, whether as composer, performer, critic, theorist, or historian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. artist who composes or conducts music as a profession
  • n. someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English musicien, from Old French, from Latin mūsica, music; see music.

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music +‎ -ian

Examples

  • A name musician was what she needed — someone important, someone their momma and Aunt Tiny would pay attention to.

    Yolonda's Genius

  • We batted back and forth what you call a musician who plays a euphonium--euphoniumist, euphoniumer, or my personal favorite--euphonist.

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  • "Yes, indeed; he's what they call a musician _di primo cartello_!" he exclaimed, with a sudden determination.

    Swann's Way

  • Charlie is truly what we call a musician's musician.

    Expecting Rain

  • He was much debated and this young musician is still knocked on.

    Global Voices in English » Mozambique: House of the Flying Azagaias

  • Given this, each of these vernaculars has its own ‘king’ or ‘queen’ as far as the level of talents possessed by said musician is concerned.

    Global Voices in English » Liberians Are Talking, Are You Listening?

  • Song Clip: 'After You've Gone' From its opening bars, the music proves the disc isn't a vanity project or another role for the 52-year-old Mr. Laurie, who in the U.K. is known as a musician and comedian as well as a dramatic actor.

    Hugh Laurie Is Happy Performing the Blues

  • The movie The Lightning Thief, has excellent special effects (Hades in the fire and looking like an old rock musician is well done) and tells the story of Percy Jackson, half human, half Olympian God.

    Dusk Before the Dawn » 2010 » February

  • A 2005 study by David DeLambo of the Diocese of Cleveland says that the musicians are the highest-paid people on the parish payroll but their salary only barely matches the national average for all types of employment, even though a serious Church musician is a highly trained professional with a highly specialized and irreplaceable job.

    The Roots of the Pay Problem

  • A musician is anyone who sings or plays a musical instrument.

    Swedish ‘music rights’ ass: same old dirge

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