mem·​bra·​no·​phone | \ memˈbrānəˌfōn\
plural membranophones

Definition of membranophone

: any of a class of musical instruments (such as a drum or kazoo) whose sound is generated by striking, rubbing, or singing into a stretched membrane — compare aerophone, chordophone, electrophone, idiophone, lamellophone

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Other Words from membranophone

membranophonic \ (¦)mem¦brānə¦fänik \ adjective

First Known Use of membranophone

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for membranophone

International Scientific Vocabulary membran- + -phone

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about membranophone

Share membranophone

Statistics for membranophone

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for membranophone

The first known use of membranophone was in 1927

See more words from the same year

Comments on membranophone

What made you want to look up membranophone? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


of or relating to a parable or parabola

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!