/ˈmyuzɪk/ ●●● noun [uncountable] 1 eng. lang. arts the arrangement of sounds made by instruments or voices in a way that is pleasant or exciting: What kind of music does your band play? The concert featured pop/country/classical etc. music. I like to listen to music. My favorite piece of music is Bach’s “Magnificat.” Why don’t you put some music on (=turn on recorded music)?THESAURUStune – a series of musical notes that are nice to listen to: Suzy was humming a tune.melody – a song or tune: That’s a pretty melody.song – a short piece of music with words: The charts are full of catchy pop songs.arrangement – a piece of music that has been written or changed for a particular instrument: We recorded the song with an arrangement for flute and guitar.composition – a piece of music or art, or a poem: The recording is of one of Schubert’s early compositions.number – a piece of popular music, a song, a dance, etc. that forms part of a larger performance: She sang several numbers from her latest album.piece – a piece of music: I’m learning this piece for my piano recital.track – one of the songs or pieces of music on a CD: The first track is my favorite.Types of musicpop (music)rock (music)rock’n’rollheavy metalreggaehouse (music)hip-hoprap (music)jazzclassical (music)country (music)folk (music)2eng. lang. arts the art of writing or playing music: Did you have music lessons as a kid?3eng. lang. arts a set of written marks representing music, or the paper that this is written on: Jim plays the piano well, but he can’t read music.4face the music to admit that you have done something wrong and accept punishment: If he took the money, he’ll have to face the music. [Origin: 1200–1300 Old French musique, from Latin, from Greek mousike “art of the Muses”]COLLOCATIONSverbsto listen to music Dan likes to listen to music while he works.to play/perform music The group performs classical music.to write/compose music The singer writes all her own music.to make music (=to play or compose music) We wanted to give kids a chance to make music.to download music (=to get music from the Internet) Is it possible to download music directly to my phone?to put on music (=to play recorded music) The party didn’t really get started until we put on some good music.to record music The singer has been recording music since the 1990s.music blares (=it is loud and unpleasant) Music blared from the bar downstairs.adjectives/nouns + musicloud music The music was too loud for us to talk.soft/quiet music She put on some soft relaxing music.pop/rock/classical etc. music Pop music is fun to dance to.live music (=played by musicians on stage) The bar has live music every Thursday night.background music (=that you hear but do not listen to) There’s always some background music playing at the cafe.choral music (=sung by large groups of people) We perform a wide variety of choral music.instrumental music (=with no singing) Most of the songs were instrumental music.chamber music (=classical music played by a small group of musicians) The group gave a performance of Schumann’s chamber music.orchestral music (=classical music played by a large group of musicians) He has a large CD collection, mostly orchestral music.piano/organ music I love listening to piano music.music + nounsmusic lover Classical music lovers will enjoy the concert.music video (=a short movie of a band or singer performing a particular song) He has planned the dances in music videos for Beyoncé.