Definition of musician in English:



  • A person who plays a musical instrument, especially as a profession, or is musically talented.

    ‘your father was a fine musician’
    ‘aspiring rock and pop musicians’
    • ‘There are few musicians working in pop music with such a panoramic vision or nuanced approach.’
    • ‘The concert will have an orchestra of over 135 musicians with dancers and vocalists.’
    • ‘There were a lot of people my age in town, a lot of professional musicians were based here and it was buzzing.’
    • ‘In this quiet room, musicians can compose without ever needing to go near a musical instrument.’
    • ‘In the old days, a talented brass musician would often be given a job at Rowntree's purely to play in the band.’
    • ‘There are still roles left for singers and musicians to take part in the performance.’
    • ‘She is a talented singer and musician and she works very hard at it.’
    • ‘One realises that today, soloists, musicians and professionals can demand high fees.’
    • ‘He was a very talented musician and he was a pleasure to be with in the studio.’
    • ‘But I will say this about Tim as a musician and songwriter: he was not one for safety nets.’
    • ‘He had been due to catch a flight that morning to a musicians ' camp for bassists in the US.’
    • ‘He is, without doubt, the most talented musician I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.’
    • ‘Is it time to worry that the respected and talented musician is losing his skills?’
    • ‘His favourites are biographies of sixties and seventies musicians, and pop and rock stars.’
    • ‘He is himself a professional musician, and knows what keeps the party spirits up.’
    • ‘Later on there will be a further session to the accompaniment of several musicians.’
    • ‘As a professional musician, he has composed music for film and television.’
    • ‘The singers will be joined by a scaled-down ensemble of professional musicians.’
    • ‘The proceeds are distributed among musicians, composers and other rights holders.’
    • ‘The concerts will feature some of the finest pop and classical musicians and performers.’
    • ‘Later, as a professional musician, her songs were frequently held up for unfair comparison with his.’
    • ‘One of the greatest songwriters and musicians of our time, he will be greatly missed.’
    • ‘As the concert progresses, the musicians toss their instruments into a large pot stirred by a cook.’
    • ‘The guitarist is determined to use his illness to make himself grow as a musician and a songwriter.’
    • ‘Frederick was a musician and composer of some skill as well as an avid collector of talent.’
    player, performer, instrumentalist, accompanist, soloist, virtuoso, maestro, conductor
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Late Middle English: from Old French musicien, from Latin musica (see music).