Definition of muse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mjuːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mjuːz//
    Describing art
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  1. 1a person or spirit that gives a writer, painter, etc. ideas and the desire to create things synonym inspiration He felt that his muse had deserted him (= that he could no longer write, paint, etc.). See related entries: Describing art
  2. 2 Muse (in ancient Greek and Roman stories) one of the nine goddesses who encouraged poetry, music and other branches of art and literature
  3. Word Originnoun late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin musa, from Greek mousa ‘muse’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: muse

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