What does music mean?

Definitions for music
ˈmyu zɪkmu·sic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. musicnoun

    an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

  2. music, euphonynoun

    any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds

    "he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes"

  3. musicnoun

    musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

    "his music was his central interest"

  4. musicnoun

    (music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)

  5. music, medicinenoun

    punishment for one's actions

    "you have to face the music"; "take your medicine"


  1. musicnoun

    A sound, or the study of such sounds, organized in time.

  2. musicnoun

    Any pleasing or interesting sounds.

  3. musicnoun

    A guide to playing or singing a particular tune; sheet music.

  4. musicverb

    To seduce or entice with music.

  5. Etymology: From musik, musike, musique, and their source musica, from μουσική (τέχνη) "(art) of the Muses".


  1. Music

    Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. General definitions of music include common elements such as pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (loudness and softness), and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture (which are sometimes termed the "color" of a musical sound). Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping; there are solely instrumental pieces, solely vocal pieces (such as songs without instrumental accompaniment) and pieces that combine singing and instruments. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; "art of the Muses"). See glossary of musical terminology. In its most general form, the activities describing music as an art form or cultural activity include the creation of works of music (songs, tunes, symphonies, and so on), the criticism of music, the study of the history of music, and the aesthetic examination of music. Ancient Greek and Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Common sayings such as "the harmony of the spheres" and "it is music to my ears" point to the notion that music is often ordered and pleasant to listen to. However, 20th-century composer John Cage thought that any sound can be music, saying, for example, "There is no noise, only sound."The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Indeed, throughout history, some new forms or styles of music have been criticized as "not being music", including Beethoven's Grosse Fuge string quartet in 1825, early jazz in the beginning of the 1900s and hardcore punk in the 1980s. There are many types of music, including popular music, traditional music, art music, music written for religious ceremonies and work songs such as chanteys. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions–such as Classical music symphonies from the 1700s and 1800s, through to spontaneously played improvisational music such as jazz, and avant-garde styles of chance-based contemporary music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Music can be divided into genres (e.g., country music) and genres can be further divided into subgenres (e.g., country blues and pop country are two of the many country subgenres), although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to personal interpretation, and occasionally controversial. For example, it can be hard to draw the line between some early 1980s hard rock and heavy metal. Within the arts, music may be classified as a performing art, a fine art or as an auditory art. Music may be played or sung and heard live at a rock concert or orchestra performance, heard live as part of a dramatic work (a music theater show or opera), or it may be recorded and listened to on a radio, MP3 player, CD player, smartphone or as film score or TV show. In many cultures, music is an important part of people's way of life, as it plays a key role in religious rituals, rite of passage ceremonies (e.g., graduation and marriage), social activities (e.g., dancing) and cultural activities ranging from amateur karaoke singing to playing in an amateur funk band or singing in a community choir. People may make music as a hobby, like a teen playing cello in a youth orchestra, or work as a professional musician or singer. The music industry includes the individuals who create new songs and musical pieces (such as songwriters and composers), individuals who perform music (which include orchestra, jazz band and rock band musicians, singers and conductors), individuals who record music (music producers and sound engineers), individuals who organize concert tours, and individuals who sell recordings, sheet music, and scores to customers.


  1. music

    Music is an art form and cultural activity that consists of organizing sounds, tones, and rhythms to create a harmonious and expressive composition. It is typically performed or experienced by using instruments or the human voice and is often associated with emotions, storytelling, and cultural identity. Music can be classified into various genres and styles, serving as a universal language that transcends boundaries and has the power to evoke emotions and connect people.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Musicnoun

    the science and the art of tones, or musical sounds, i. e., sounds of higher or lower pitch, begotten of uniform and synchronous vibrations, as of a string at various degrees of tension; the science of harmonical tones which treats of the principles of harmony, or the properties, dependences, and relations of tones to each other; the art of combining tones in a manner to please the ear

  2. Musicnoun

    melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable succession of tones

  3. Musicnoun

    harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous tones

  4. Musicnoun

    the written and printed notation of a musical composition; the score

  5. Musicnoun

    love of music; capacity of enjoying music

  6. Musicnoun

    a more or less musical sound made by many of the lower animals. See Stridulation

  7. Etymology: [F. musique, fr. L. musica, Gr. (sc. ), any art over which the Muses presided, especially music, lyric poetry set and sung to music, fr. belonging to Muses or fine arts, fr. Muse.]


  1. Music

    "Music" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna, from her eighth studio album of the same name. It was released as the lead single from the album on August 21, 2000, by Maverick Records. The song was also included on the compilation albums GHV2 and Celebration. Written and produced by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï, the nexus of "Music" is about people having fun at a party, and Madonna claims that music makes the people come together. Musically, "Music" is a pop and electropop song. "Music" provides a cross-section of Madonna's artistic range, as she sings in several genres, some natural and some electronically manipulated that refuse confinement. "Music" received positive reviews from international critics, who praised the production, catchiness and club-friendly nature of the song, also comparing it with other Madonna's older songs. "Music" peaked number one in 22 other countries, including Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. "Music" also has the longest running number-one spot at Billboard Hot Dance Club Play of the decade, with spent a longevity five weeks at number one. The song was the second most successful dance single of the decade in the United States, behind Madonna's own single "Hung Up".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Music

    mū′zik, n. a connected series of sweet sounds: melody or harmony: the science which treats of harmony: the art of combining sounds so as to please the ear: a musical composition: (U.S.) heated argument, also amusement.—adj. Mū′sical, pertaining to, or producing, music: pleasing to the ear: melodious.—adv. Mū′sicallly.—ns. Mū′sicalness; Mū′sic-case, -fō′lio, -hold′er, &c., a roll, cabinet, &c. for carrying sheet music; Mū′sic-demy′, a size of writing-paper, 20¾ in. × 14⅜ in.; Mū′sic-hall, a public hall for musical entertainments, esp. when varied by dancing, variety performances, &c., often with concomitant smoking and drinking; Mū′sic-house, a place for public musical entertainments: a firm dealing in music or musical instruments; Musi′cian, one skilled in music: a performer of music—(obs.) Musi′cianer.—adv. Musi′cianly.—ns. Musi′cianship; Mū′sic-mas′ter, or -mis′tress, a man or a woman who teaches music; Mū′sic-of-the-spheres (see Harmony); Mū′sic-pā′per, paper ruled with staffs for writing music in; Mū′sic-pen, a pen marking at once a series of fine parallel lines for music; Mū′sic-rack, a rack attached to a musical instrument for holding the player's music; Mū′sic-record′er, a device for recording music as played on an organ, pianoforte, &c.; Mū′sic-school, a place where music is regularly taught, a conservatory; Mū′sic-shell, a Gasteropod of the Caribbean Sea, marked with figures like printed music; Mū′sic-stand, a music-rack: a raised platform for a musical band; Mū′sic-stool, a stool or chair, generally adjustable in height, for the performer on the pianoforte, &c.; Mū′sic-wire, wire such as the strings of musical instruments are made of.—Music (-al) box, a case containing a mechanism contrived, when the spring is wound up, to reproduce melodies; Music club, a meeting for practising music.—Musical director, the conductor of an orchestra, &c.; Musical glasses (see Harmonica, under Harmonium). [Fr. musique—L. musica—Gr. mousikē (technē, art), mousa, a muse.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. music

    1. Anything that has charms to soothe a savage beast. 2. Unnecessary noises heard in restaurants and cheap hotels. 3. The only one of the arts that can not be prostituted to a base use. 4. An attempt to express the emotions that are beyond speech. 5. A noise less objectionable than any other noise.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. music

    A common extracurricular interest of hackers (compare science-fiction fandom, oriental food; see also filk). Hackish folklore has long claimed that musical and programming abilities are closely related, and there has been at least one large-scale statistical study that supports this. Hackers, as a rule, like music and often develop musical appreciation in unusual and interesting directions. Folk music is very big in hacker circles; so is electronic music, and the sort of elaborate instrumental jazz/rock that used to be called ‘progressive’ and isn't recorded much any more. The hacker's musical range tends to be wide; many can listen with equal appreciation to (say) Talking Heads, Yes, Gentle Giant, Pat Metheny, Scott Joplin, Tangerine Dream, Dream Theater, King Sunny Ade, The Pretenders, Screaming Trees, or the Brandenburg Concerti. It is also apparently true that hackerdom includes a much higher concentration of talented amateur musicians than one would expect from a similar-sized control group of mundane types.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. music

    A general term for the musicians of a regimental band.

Editors Contribution

  1. musicnoun

    1.)Symbols transliterating rhythm in combination for units permeability sound or tone on beat forming a integrated circuit of awareness. 2.)The art or science of combining vocals or instrumental sounds to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.

    Music is something that we all love.

    Etymology: Art of creative rhythm

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on October 9, 2023  

  2. music

    A variety of sounds.

    Music is so varied and amazing across the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MUSIC

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Music is ranked #6825 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Music surname appeared 4,940 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Music.

    95.5% or 4,722 total occurrences were White.
    1.7% or 84 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 61 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 38 total occurrences were Black.
    0.3% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 17 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'music' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #638

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'music' in Written Corpus Frequency: #999

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'music' in Nouns Frequency: #267

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of music in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of music in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of music in a Sentence

  1. Melissa Weinberg:

    It's just as plausible that the people who are happier have a reason to dance, or the people who have more resources go to concerts, i think [the study] is more reflective of the way we think about music.

  2. Shania Twain:

    It’s an honor to be a part of the Country Music Hall of Fame exhibitions for 2017, being able to re-visit favorite costumes, photographs and memories from my career has been a special feeling, especially as this year will see a new stage for me with a brand new album! I’m very excited to have these important creative moments on display.


    I did say. Reggae is rastafarian, prophesy, and message giving. It aims to unite people in a loving way, so we can stop all this hatred, racism, and killings. I think the music industry is trying to take that spirit out of it and really secularize it- but that will never happen! it is the word of god speaking to his people.

  4. Emma McIntyre:

    I was proud to put a spotlight on the LGBTQ+ community with my ‘Beautiful’ music video, which features a gay couple, as well as a trans woman. I wasn’t thinking too much about it beyond wanting to show people owning who they are, it was somehow taboo at the time, but it represented something so true. I still hear stories about how that video has helped people, and it means everything to me.

  5. Keanu Reeves:

    It is all because of you guys, and so we owe you a huge debt of gratitude and we wanted to say thank you, bill Ted Face the Music.

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