organ

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noun or·gan \ˈȯr-gən\

Definition of organ

  1. 1 a archaic :  any of various musical instruments; especially :  wind instrument b (1) :  a keyboard instrument in which sets of pipes are sounded by compressed air and produce a variety of timbres —called also pipe organ (2) :  reed organ (3) :  an electronic keyboard instrument that approximates the sounds and resources of the pipe organ (4) :  any of various similar cruder instruments

  2. 2 a :  a differentiated structure (as a heart, kidney, leaf, or stem) consisting of cells and tissues and performing some specific function in an organism b :  bodily parts performing a function or cooperating in an activity <the eyes and related structures that make up the visual organs>

  3. 3 :  a subordinate group or organization that performs specialized functions <the various organs of government>

  4. 4 :  periodical

Examples of organ in a sentence

  1. the legislative organ of our government

  2. <that newspaper is intended as an organ for the whole university community>

Origin and Etymology of organ

Middle English, partly from Old English organa, from Latin organum, from Greek organon, literally, tool, instrument; partly from Anglo-French organe, from Latin organum; akin to Greek ergon work — more at work


First Known Use: before 12th century


organ-

combining form or·gan

Definition of organ-

  1. 1 :  organ <organogenesis>

  2. 2 :  organic <organomercurial>

Variants of organ-

or

organo-

Origin and Etymology of organ-

Greek organon


ORGAN Defined for English Language Learners

organ

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noun or·gan \ˈȯr-gən\

Definition of organ for English Language Learners

  • : a part of the body (such as the heart or liver) that has a particular function

  • —used as a polite way of saying penis

  • : a musical instrument that has a keyboard and pipes of different lengths and that makes sound by pushing air through the pipes


ORGAN Defined for Kids

organ

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noun or·gan \ˈȯr-gən\

Definition of organ for Students

  1. 1 :  a musical instrument played by means of one or more keyboards and having pipes sounded by compressed air

  2. 2 :  a part of a person, plant, or animal that is specialized to perform a particular function <The eye is an organ of sight.>

  3. 3 :  a way of getting something done <Courts are organs of government.>


Medical Dictionary

organ

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noun or·gan \ˈȯr-gən\

Medical Definition of organ

  1. :  a differentiated structure (as a heart or kidney) consisting of cells and tissues and performing some specific function in an organism



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