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[myoo-zish-uh n] /myuˈzɪʃ ən/

a person who makes a profession, especially as a performer of .
any person, whether professional or not, skilled in .
a person who plays or composes music, esp as a profession

late 14c., “one skilled in music,” from Old French musicien (14c.), or a native formation from music + -ian. Sense of “professional musical performer” first recorded mid-15c.


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