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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Other Words from harmonica

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

Examples of harmonica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There will be a variety of workshops ranging from harmonica and fiddle to songwriting and instrument care. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "German Christmas market, vintage train rides and more Midwest events," 9 Nov. 2019 Friday’s lineup at the Pritzker Pavilion began exuberantly, as 92-year-old Chicago guitar legend George Freeman duetted with Chicago blues harmonica master Billy Branch. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Jazz Fest review: Cecile McLorin Salvant tops an exuberant weekend," 1 Sep. 2019 Davis’ instruments include guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, piano and harmonica. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local Sierra Club marks environmental milestones," 21 Aug. 2019 Even that song there’s a lot of different layers there’s some piano in there, some harmonica, there’s a lot of things coming and going. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Drivin N Cryin is still going ‘Straight to Hell’," 11 June 2019 Come at it as God intended you to, from the side, like a harmonica, skin and all. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: Who said you have to sort the silverware, anyway?," 12 Sep. 2019 He will be accompanied by Carlos Velasco on guitar, Kevin Moraine on bass and Richie Strell on harmonica. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rotary volunteers at Stand Down San Diego," 29 Aug. 2019 In 1966, Pop left Ann Arbor for Chicago, and, through Erlewine’s connections, got a gig playing with Big Walter Horton, a harmonica virtuoso who had moved to Chicago from Memphis in the nineteen-fifties. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Survival of Iggy Pop," 26 Aug. 2019 The Grammy-winning keyboardist, formerly of Maroon 5, shared an Instagram video of Wonder accompanying him on the harmonica. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Stevie Wonder joins PJ Morton For A Jam Session!," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of harmonica was in 1762

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4 Dec 2019

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“Harmonica.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmonica. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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