melodeon

noun

me·​lo·​de·​on mə-ˈlō-dē-ən How to pronounce melodeon (audio)
: a small reed organ in which a suction bellows draws air inward through the reeds

Examples of melodeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Usually, the boys gathered in Francis’ rooms to talk politics and sing, accompanied by his jaunty melodeon. Jon Grinspan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2024 An 1863 melodeon, originally owned by Mrs. Stephen Warren, who lived across from the church in a brick home that still stands, was carried across the Watertown Plank Road weekly for services. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Oct. 2017 The melodeon was played for those participating in the Hartland History Walk on July 1 as part of Hartland’s 125th anniversary celebration. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Oct. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

German Melodion, from Melodie melody, ultimately from Late Latin melodia

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of melodeon was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Melodeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melodeon. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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melodeon

noun
me·​lo·​de·​on mə-ˈlōd-ē-ən How to pronounce melodeon (audio)
: a small reed organ in which a bellows draws air inward through the reeds

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