Anything musical has to do with music. Tra la la! If you’re really musical, try out for a musical so you can sing on the big stage. And, if you’re playing musical chairs, better find a seat before the music stops!

Musical things have a tune or rhythm, like a robin’s song or “La Cucaracha.” Musical instruments, like clarinets and guitars, make music. Or hope to. The bands you’re into reflect your musical tastes. If your parents are musicians, you come from a musical family. When musical is a noun, it's short for “musical drama.” The Sound of Music is a musical (film) about a the musical (talented singing) Von Trapp family. Guess what they’re into.

Definitions of musical

adj characterized by or capable of producing music

“a musical evening”
musical instruments”

adj characteristic of or resembling or accompanied by music

“a musical speaking voice”
“a musical comedy”
sung or uttered rhythmically in a monotone
smooth and flowing in quality; entirely free of harshness
suitable for singing
nonmusical, unmusical
not musical in nature

adj talented in or devoted to music

“comes from a very musical family”
devoted to or appreciative of music
nonmusical, unmusical
lacking interest in or talent for music

adj containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody

melodic, melodious
ariose, songlike
having a melody (as distinguished from recitative)
canorous, songful
richly melodious
cantabile, singing
smooth and flowing
dulcet, honeyed, mellifluous, mellisonant, sweet
pleasing to the ear
suitable for or suggestive of singing
unmelodic, unmelodious, unmusical
lacking melody

n a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing

musical comedy, musical theater
Type of:
film, flick, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, picture, picture show
a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
a theatrical performance of a drama

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