me·​lo·​de·​on | \ mə-ˈlō-dē-ən How to pronounce melodeon (audio) \

Definition of melodeon

: 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 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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First Known Use of melodeon

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for melodeon

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

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“Melodeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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