• WordNet 3.6
    • n musician artist who composes or conducts music as a profession
    • n musician someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang expression "apple" for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time - The Big Apple
    • n Musician One skilled in the art or science of music; esp., a skilled singer, or performer on a musical instrument.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Engelbert Humperdinck's real name is Gerry Dorsey. He didn't make that name up, though. It originally belonged to the 1800s German musician who wrote the opera Hansel and Gretel.
    • n musician One who makes music a profession or otherwise devotes himself to it, whether as composer, performer, critic, theorist, or historian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dooley Wilson appeared as Sam in the movie Casablanca. Dooley was a drummer - not a pianist in real life. The man who really played the piano in Casablanca was a Warner Brothers staff musician who was at a piano off camera during the filming.
    • Musician one skilled in music: a performer of music—(obs.) Musi′cianer
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  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “Experience, like a pale musician, holds a dulcimer of patience in his hand.”
  • Billy Joel
    Billy Joel
    “A typical day in the life of a heavy metal musician consists of a round of golf and an AA meeting.”
  • Benny Green
    Benny Green
    “A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.”
  • Ben Jonson
    “'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end.”
  • Bonnie Raitt
    Bonnie Raitt
    “I think my fans will follow me into our combined old age. Real musicians and real fans stay together for a long, long time.”
  • Robert Schumann
    Robert Schumann
    “If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. musicien,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. musique—L. musica—Gr. mousikē (technē, art), mousa, a muse.


In literature:

There's nothing more lovable than the way musicians stand by one another, when it's a case of fighting a successful rival.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
Should I become a great musician or a famous writer?
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
And it is no mean musician that the child has become.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
By his side were native musicians making a discordant noise while at intervals the holy man was bellowing like a mad bull.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
The musician himself was scarcely less remarkably than the horse.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
Haydn, moreover, was the first musician since Sebastian Bach who had a real personality which may be felt in his works.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
The count shrugged his shoulders and glanced at the musician.
"Unfinished Portraits" by Jennette Lee
There are theatres, where skilful musicians will enchant your ears by harmony.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
Boys a dear but these musicians gets the fine weemin.
"The Turn of the Road" by Rutherford Mayne
It must be remembered that musicians at the front are stretcher bearers.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons

In poetry:

For no sweet bird caring
Birds that sang
Lost musicians, faring
With no pang?
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
They had no sooner these pleasant words spoke,
But in comes the beggar clad in a silk cloak;
A fair velvet cap and a feather had he,
And now a musician forsooth he would be.
"The Beggar's Daughter Of Bethnal Green" by Henry Morley
What do you cry,O ye fruitmen?
Citron, pomegranate, and plum.
What do you play ,O musicians?
Cithar, sarangi and drum.
what do you chant, O magicians?
Spells for aeons to come.
"In The Bazaars of Hyderabad" by Sarojini Naidu
The linnet enchants us the bushes among,
Though cheap the musician, yet sweet is the song;
We catch the soft warbling in air as it floats,
And with ecstacy hang on the ravishing notes.
"The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral Drama" by Hannah More
The Porter sits down on the weight which he bore;
The Lass with her barrow wheels hither her store;--
If a thief could be here he might pilfer at ease;
She sees the Musician, 'tis all that she sees!
"Power Of Music" by William Wordsworth
Our frame is but as yonder lute—our soul
The sweet musician, who can still control
And move us to each bright heroic deed,
Upon whose memory music loves to feed;
Make of us warriors, poets, great and wise,
Through heaven-taught symphonies!
"The Incantation" by Peter John Allan

In news:

Reggae musician Bob Marley has joined Barack Obama and Elvis Presley in the elite club of those who have biological species named in their honor.
Bluegrass Musician Doc Watson Dies.
Gay & Lesbian Musicians Discuss Marriage Bluntly .
The 21 student musicians include voice, piano, guitar, brass, woodwinds and percussion.
Can't get enough of Sicilian musician Louis Prima.
The stellar chamber musicians show how it's unselfishly done.
If you are a blues musician or a Brahms musician, the same contract applies: play with your full heart and soul, or stay home and practice scales.
He's among the musicians opening the Alexandria Festival of the Lakes with a concert of Brahms .
There must be something about Columbus that makes musicians want to become professional brewers.
Bebel Gilberto Bossa nova legend Bebel Gilberto, the daughter of Joao Gilberto, brings the sounds of Brazil to New York City with her fellow countrymen and musicians Criolo, Flavio Renegado and Beco Deanoff.
The Lennon-informed soul man recruits 30 musicians for his Hopscotch fest gig.
Bree Davies is a journalist, musician, lover, ally and activist from Denver, Colorado.
CHICO — Folks who knew magician Wayne Houchin as Chico's resident musician will be pleased that he has not made himself disappear.
The golden age of the session player is long over, but musicians still make a living at it.
Musician best known for work with Miles Davis and Muddy Waters.

In science:

Scenarios 3.4.1 Population Notes We considered both amateur athletes and musicians for our initial scenarios.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
For example, a musician having to play his/her notes and also having to look at the conductor and other musicians at the same time.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Our scenarios may focus on two novel classes of people – musicians and amateur athletes.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
He demonstrates that even one single note shows a 1/f noise-like behavior. A whole musical piece is considered by most musicians to be the largest unit of artistic significance [3, 4].
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
Selma, a young musician with two babies, is planning a family trip to Barcelona.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites