mel·​lo·​tron ˈme-lə-ˌträn How to pronounce mellotron (audio)
: an electronic keyboard instrument programmed to produce the tape-recorded sounds usually of orchestral instruments

Examples of mellotron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Raise the Roof features an all-star lineup including drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist Dennis Crouch, guitarist Marc Ribot, and pedal steel player Russell Pahl, plus Viktor Krauss on mellotron, Jeff Taylor on bass accordion, and Burnett on electric guitar and mellotron. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 7 Oct. 2021 Rod Argent is the composer of most Zombie songs, and is quite a keyboardist, demonstrating his dexterity on the organ, piano, harpsichord, and mellotron. Herbert W. Strupp, National Review, 5 Oct. 2019 There are flute-like mellotron keyboard sounds on that record that sound carefully wedded to Rae’s voice. John Adamian,, 2 July 2018

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Word History


from Mellotron, a trademark

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mellotron was in 1963

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“Mellotron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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