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

Other Words from harmonica

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

Examples of harmonica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because there are some things that cannot be played on the harmonica. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2022 This is useful for the previously mentioned blowing out of candles, as well as blowing on a harmonica. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 1 June 2022 On 1965 the songs finds Reed on acoustic guitar and harmonica, with Cale singing harmonies in a style described as being akin to folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 6 June 2022 This dynamic multiple Blues Award-winning act is led by veteran Estrin, a superb songwriter, soulful singer, and scorching harmonica player. BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2022 His father, a carpenter, played guitar, tenor banjo and harmonica; his mother was a homemaker. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Taj Mahal is on harmonica, guitar and piano, Ry Cooder is on guitar, mandolin and banjo, and Ry’s accomplished son Joachim Cooder joins on bass and drums. Barry Mazor, WSJ, 3 May 2022 Soon, his frenetic performance style — even then, Janson was known for prowling the stage, wailing on harmonica and jumping off speakers — caught the attention of Music Row. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 27 Apr. 2022 Myricks also tried to learn the harmonica, something else that amused his father. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Harmonica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmonica. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for harmonica


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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