metallophone

noun

me·​tal·​lo·​phone mə-ˈta-lə-ˌfōn How to pronounce metallophone (audio)
: a percussion musical instrument consisting of a series of metal bars of varying pitch struck with hammers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The harmony will be enriched with Native American flute, acoustic guitar, metallophone and crystal bowls along with vocals. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2019 Elsewhere Ibarra employs liquid-sounding gongs and other metallophones. John Adamian, courant.com, 14 Apr. 2018 Plans call for four large percussion instruments — contrabrass chimes, xylophones, metallophone and swirl chimes — to be installed at the top of Rotary Hill near Aurora Avenue. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, 14 Mar. 2018 The first of four shows on a festival staggered through May, the opener includes performances by the Northern California Gagaku Group, Euphotic, Soo Yeon Lyuh and Pet the Tiger, with someone playing a metallophone built by Leon Schneiderman. Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'metallophone.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metallophone was in 1883

Dictionary Entries Near metallophone

Cite this Entry

“Metallophone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metallophone. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

More from Merriam-Webster on metallophone

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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


Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ