See also: Music, Musić, músic, müziç, and mùșic

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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). In this sense, displaced native Old English drēam (music), whence Modern English dream.

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music (usually uncountable, plural musics)

  1. A series of sounds organized in time, usually employing some combination of harmony, melody, rhythm, tempo, etc., to convey a mood.
    I keep listening to this music because it’s a masterpiece.
    • 1697, [William] Congreve, The Mourning Bride, a Tragedy. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], →OCLC, Act I, page 1:
      Muſick has Charms to ſooth a ſavage Breaſt, / To ſoften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
    • 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. (figurative) Any interesting or pleasing 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 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.

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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.

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music (comparative plus music, superlative le plus music)

  1. musical, of, or pertaining to music.

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  1. Alternative form of musike