barrel organ

noun

Definition of barrel organ

: an instrument for producing music by the action of a revolving cylinder studded with pegs on a series of valves that admit air from a bellows to a set of pipes

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Recent Examples on the Web There were fountains flowing, kids screaming, and hurdy-gurdy men cranking barrel organs. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 There were fountains flowing, kids screaming, and hurdy-gurdy men cranking barrel organs. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 There were fountains flowing, kids screaming, and hurdy-gurdy men cranking barrel organs. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 There were fountains flowing, kids screaming, and hurdy-gurdy men cranking barrel organs. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 There were fountains flowing, kids screaming, and hurdy-gurdy men cranking barrel organs. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 There were fountains flowing, kids screaming, and hurdy-gurdy men cranking barrel organs. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 There were fountains flowing, kids screaming, and hurdy-gurdy men cranking barrel organs. Seth Harp, Harper's magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 2 Mar. 2020 The vessels carried more than three years’ worth of food and drink, as well as two barrel organs and libraries with some 2,900 books. National Geographic, "In 1845 explorers sought the Northwest Passage—then vanished," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of barrel organ

1750, in the meaning defined above

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“Barrel organ.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barrel%20organ. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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barrel organ

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barrel organ

: a large musical instrument that is played by turning a handle and that was once commonly played by performers (called organ-grinders) on city streets

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