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  • adv. In the manner of a musician.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having, exhibiting, or illustrating the properties of good music, or the skill and taste of a good musician.


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  • On their last vocal album, 2004's To The Five Boroughs, they dropped all the musicianly stuff and made a simple, straight-ahead rap album that was their first to fall relatively flat.

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  • The hallway reeked of tobacco and marijuana, of musicianly sweat.

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  • When the saxophonist Donald Harrison started his long, last-slot set on Thursday afternoon, he and his band were wearing business suits and playing musicianly small-group jazz: tricky tunes in odd meters – I counted a section in 7/4 time – with the extended harmonies and dissonances of 1960s hard-bop.

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  • Combining musicianly flair (guitarist Andy Summers) with furious bursts of energy (drummer Stewart Copeland) and an unfailingly populist touch (Sting), they won over audiences from The Nashville in London's Cromwell Road to Shea Stadium.

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  • Luckily for Sting and his musicianly partners, punk was not the only music playing in fashionable rock circles in 1977.

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  • From that moment all went well, and the opera was completed to the author's satisfaction, albeit Haydn, glad as he was to receive his reward, felt that he had little cause for self-congratulation at the results from a musicianly point of view.

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  • No longer an 'apprentice,' swayed or, at least, influenced by the masters who had gone before him, he has here given us the first-fruits of his 'assistantship' in a work which expresses his own musicianly feelings, and in which we get our first glimpse of his true genius.

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  • It is a work instinct with musicianly feeling, and its strength is borne out by the soundness and skill displayed in its construction.

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  • But their manifestations of delight were far more pronounced when Felix, taking one of the airs which he had just played as a theme for extemporisation, exhibited in a most charming fashion, and with true musicianly feeling, the capacities of the subject for varied treatment.

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  • A remarkably great singer and accomplished pianist, she won laurels in composition by her musicianly piano trios and her sonatas with violin accompaniment.

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