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



    BrE BrE//ˈmjuːzɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːzɪk//
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  1. 1  sounds that are arranged in a way that is pleasant or exciting to listen to. People sing music or play it on instruments. pop/dance/classical/church music to listen to music She could hear music playing somewhere. It was a charming piece of music. the popularity of Mozart’s music He wrote the music but I don't know who wrote the words. The poem has been set to music. Every week they get together to make music (= to play music or sing). CollocationsMusicListening listen to/​enjoy/​love/​be into music/​classical music/​jazz/​pop/​hip-hop, etc. listen to the radio/​an MP3 player/​a CD put on/​play a CD/​a song/​some music turn down/​up the music/​radio/​volume/​bass go to a concert/​festival/​gig/​performance/​recital copy/​burn/​rip music/​a CD/​a DVD download music/​an album/​a song/​a demo/​a videoPlaying play a musical instrument/​the piano/​percussion/​a note/​a riff/​the melody/​a concerto/​a duet/​by ear sing an anthem/​a ballad/​a solo/​an aria/​the blues/​in a choir/​soprano/​alto/​tenor/​bass/​out of tune hum a tune/​a theme tune/​a lullaby accompany a singer/​choir strum a chord/​guitarPerforming form/​start/​get together/​join/​quit/​leave a band give a performance/​concert/​recital do a concert/​recital/​gig play a concert/​gig/​festival/​venue perform (British English) at/​in a concert/(especially North American English) a concert appear at a festival/​live go on/​embark on a (world) tourRecording write/​compose music/​a ballad/​a melody/​a tune/​a song/​a theme song/​an opera/​a symphony land/​get/​sign a record deal be signed to/​be dropped by a record company record/​release/​put out an album/​a single/​a CD be top of/​top the charts get to/​go straight to/​go straight in at/​enter the charts at number one see also chamber music, country music, rock music, soul music Wordfinderballet, ballroom, band, choreograph, dance, floor, folk dance, music, partner, step Wordfinderbeat, harmony, melody, music, note, rhythm, sing, tempo, tone, vocal See related entries: Departments in stores
  2. 2  the art of writing or playing music to study music a career in music music lessons the music business/industry
  3. 3  the written or printed signs that represent the sounds to be played or sung in a piece of music Can you read music (= understand the signs in order to play or sing a piece of music)? I had to play it without the music. The music (= the paper or book with the musical notes on it) was still open on the piano . see also sheet music
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French musique, via Latin from Greek mousikē (tekhnē) ‘(art) of the Muses’, from mousa ‘muse’.Extra examples Birmingham’s live music scene Calypso music played faintly in the distance. Can you read music? Could you turn that music down? He got into music by chance. He made up the words and music for the song. He played the piece without music. Heavy music thundered from the basement. Her taste in music was eclectic. I pulled the lyrics out and laid them on the music stand. I use my laptop to burn music to a CD. Listening to music is a great way to relax. Music filled the air. Put some music on, would you? Put your music on the music stand. Schubert set several poems by Goethe to music. She could hear loud music from the party upstairs. She is a rising star in the music world. She’s really into indie music. The ability to appreciate music is largely learnt. The album has been praised in the music press. The band are number one in the music charts. The city has produced a lot of good music. The movie uses appropriate period music. The music sounded vibrant and loud. The music was coming from next door. The soft background music made her feel sleepy. The sound of pop music drifted through the open window. They did their exercises in time to the music. We bought a new television and music centre at the weekend. We love to make music as a family. With the guidance of the conductor, an orchestra creates music and harmonies. a beach party with music provided by a local band an evening of Scottish music and song bars and nightclubs blaring music late into the night disco music blaring out of the open windows of a car music for piano, cello and voice music legend, Elvis Presley software that rips music from CDs the choir’s music director the incidental music for a radio play the music emerging from the cities of America the music which accompanied the dance to dance to the music Every week they get together to make music. He wrote the music but I don’t know who wrote the words. It was a charming piece of music. Many people believe that listening to Mozart’s music can improve memory and learning. People often choose to listen to music that suits their moods and activities. The poem has been set to music. pop/​dance/​classical/​church musicIdioms (informal) to accept and deal with criticism or punishment for something you have done The others all ran off, leaving me to face the music. news or information that you are very pleased to hear
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