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From Middle High German mūsic, from Old High German musika, musica, from Latin mūsica (music).


  • IPA(key): /muˈziːk/, [muˈziːk], [mʊ-], (casual also) [mo-]
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  • IPA(key): /ˈmʊzɪk/ (regional, e.g. western Germany, but mostly avoided in more formal/solemn contexts like church music, school subject etc.)


Musik f (genitive Musik, plural Musiken, diminutive Musikchen n)

  1. (uncountable) music
    Synonym: (rare) Tonkunst
    Was hörst du für Musik?
    What kind of music do you listen to?
  2. (uncountable) music as a school subject, musical instruction
    Synonym: Musikunterricht
    Musik fällt morgen aus.Music class is cancelled tomorrow.
  3. (countable) a musical piece
    Eine kleine NachtmusikEine kleine Nachtmusik
  4. (countable, informal) a band, mostly one performing at some event
    Die Musik ist noch beim Essen, aber gleich geht’s los.
    The band are still eating, but they’ll start soon.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Not used for a physical piece of written music such as sheet music, for which Noten is used instead.



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Further reading[edit]

  • Musik” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Musik” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Musik” in Duden online
  • Musik on the German Wikipedia.Wikipedia de