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noun or·gan \ˈr-gən\

: a part of the body (such as the heart or liver) that has a particular function

—used as a polite way of saying penis

: a musical instrument that has a keyboard and pipes of different lengths and that makes sound by pushing air through the pipes

Full Definition of ORGAN

a archaic :  any of various musical instruments; especially :  wind instrument
b (1) :  a keyboard instrument in which sets of pipes are sounded by compressed air and produce a variety of timbres —called also pipe organ
(2) :  reed organ (3) :  an electronic keyboard instrument that approximates the sounds and resources of the pipe organ (4) :  any of various similar cruder instruments
a :  a differentiated structure (as a heart, kidney, leaf, or stem) consisting of cells and tissues and performing some specific function in an organism
b :  bodily parts performing a function or cooperating in an activity <the eyes and related structures that make up the visual organs>
:  a subordinate group or organization that performs specialized functions <the various organs of government>

Examples of ORGAN

  1. the legislative organ of our government
  2. <that newspaper is intended as an organ for the whole university community>

Origin of ORGAN

Middle English, partly from Old English organa, from Latin organum, from Greek organon, literally, tool, instrument; partly from Anglo-French organe, from Latin organum; akin to Greek ergon work — more at work
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Rhymes with ORGAN

ORGANS Defined for Kids


noun or·gan \ˈr-gən\

Definition of ORGAN for Kids

:  a musical instrument played by means of one or more keyboards and having pipes sounded by compressed air
:  a part of a person, plant, or animal that is specialized to perform a particular function <The eye is an organ of sight.>
:  a way of getting something done <Courts are organs of government.>
Medical Dictionary


noun or·gan \ˈr-gən\

Medical Definition of ORGAN

:  a differentiated structure (as a heart or kidney) consisting of cells and tissues and performing some specific function in an organism
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