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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mu"sic
  1. 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.
    1. Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable succession of tones.
    2. Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous tones.
  2. The written and printed notation of a musical composition; the score.
  3. Love of music; capacity of enjoying music."The man that hath no music in himself Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils." [Shak.]
  4. [Zoöl] A more or less musical sound made by many of the lower animals. See Stridulation.

Note: ☞ Not all sounds are tones. Sounds may be unmusical and yet please the ear. Music deals with tones, and with no other sounds. See Tone.

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

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  1. Musical activity (singing or whistling etc.) ("his music was his central interest")
  2. Punishment for one's actions ("you have to face the music")
  3. Any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds ("he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes")
  4. (music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)
  5. An artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

From Middle English musik, musike, from Anglo-Norman musik, musike, Old French musique, and their source Latin mūsica, from Ancient Greek μουσική (mousikḗ)

  1. A sound, or the study of such sounds, organized in time.
    I keep listening to this because it's a masterpiece.
  2. (figuratively) Any pleasing or interesting sounds.
  3. An art form, created by organizing of pitch, rhythm, and sounds made using musical instruments and sometimes singing.
  4. A guide to playing or singing a particular tune; sheet music.

music was also found in the following language(s): Interlingua

Notable Persons Named Music

Music Critic, Publisher Michael Vincent - Composer is a publishing, composer, author, music critic, and publisher. He was most active from 2004 to present. Music was born in 1976.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Music

Lorenzo Music was an actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and musician. He was most prominent from 1962 to 1998. Lorenzo was given the name Gerald David Music on May 2nd, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Lorenzo is also known as L. Music. He passed away on August 4th, 2001.


Mali Music is an urban contemporary gospel, contemporary r&b, and hip hop music musician. He plays Vocals, piano, guitar, and bass. He has had major accomplishments since 2008. Mali was given the name Kortney Jamaal Pollard on January 12th, 1988 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. Mali is also known as Jamaal Pollard and Mali Music.


Dorrough Music is a hip hop music rapping and songwriter. He has had major accomplishments since 2002. Dorrough was given the name Dorwin Demarcus Dorrough on October 28th, 1986. Dorrough is also known as Six 3.


Zoran Mušič was a in the fields of painting, drawing, and printmaking. Zoran was born on February 12th, 1909 in Bukovica, Austria-Hungary. He left this life on May 25th, 2005.


Don Music is a fictional character.


Michalis Music is a soccer player for the AEK Larnaca F.C. Michalis was born on February 4th, 1999 in Larnaca.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Music U.S.
  White 95.59% 64.26%
  African American 0.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.36% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.34% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.23% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Music

People with the last name Music are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Music

  • How Popular is the name Music? Music is the 64,255th most popular name of all time. As a last name Music was the 6,825th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Music have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17 babies born with the first name Music in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Music? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2012 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Music first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Music is Sunday, January 1st, 1888.
  • What year had the most people named Music born? The highest recorded use of the first name Music was in 2012 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Music: Your name in reverse order is Cisum. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uiscm. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Music? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,940 people with the last name Music.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Music? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Music as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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