har·​mon·​i·​ca | \ här-ˈmä-ni-kə How to pronounce harmonica (audio) \

Definition of harmonica

2 : a small rectangular wind instrument with free reeds recessed in air slots from which tones are sounded by exhaling and inhaling

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harmonicist \ här-​ˈmä-​nə-​sist How to pronounce harmonicist (audio) \ noun

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Cam responds to this by moping around the mansion playing sad harmonica songs and generally being the worst. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 15, Episode 2, Recap: What’s the Deal With Luke P.?," 21 May 2019 Her mother was a harmonica player in a blues outfit, her father a manager of bands. Carina Chocano, Vogue, "Elisabeth Moss on Jordan Peele’s Us, Handmaid’s New Season, and Why She Loves Real Housewives," 14 Feb. 2019 To our right, there will often be a handful of friends gathered outside, playing guitars, maybe a harmonica, and singing. Anne Roderique-jones, Town & Country, "Porching Isn't Just a Southern Tradition—It's a Way of Life," 15 Aug. 2018 Eventually, the crowd wandered to the dining room to a twangy, harmonica-heavy soundtrack. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Ballroom Marfa and Max Mara Host a Riotous Spaghetti Western Gala," 7 Nov. 2018 More specifically, Jordan knows how to play the piano, guitar, bass, harmonica, French horn, and drums. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars Juniors' Host Jordan Fisher Had a Tough Time on 'DWTS'," 2 Oct. 2018 Vallillo plays mandolin, harmonica and many different types of guitars, including the bottleneck slide guitar, his favorite. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Acclaimed singer/songwriter Vallillo to honor state bicentennial at Grayslake concert," 7 June 2018 Even a wet nose can't fix this broken heart, but some harmonica and a lot of dog wails will get you through the long night. Kat Bein, Billboard, "10 Songs About Dogs," 4 June 2018 Music played a large part in his life starting in Grammar school on the harmonica and later the clarinet. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Cameron David Bailey," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of harmonica

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for harmonica

Italian armonica, feminine of armonico harmonious

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English Language Learners Definition of harmonica

: a small musical instrument that is played with your mouth


har·​mon·​i·​ca | \ här-ˈmä-ni-kə How to pronounce harmonica (audio) \

Kids Definition of harmonica

: a small musical instrument held in the hand and played by the mouth

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