organ

noun
or·​gan | \ ˈȯr-gən How to pronounce organ (audio) \

Definition of organ

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a differentiated structure (such 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
2a(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) : an electronic keyboard instrument that approximates the sounds and resources of the pipe organ
(3) : reed organ
(4) : any of various similar cruder instruments
b archaic : any of various musical instruments especially : wind instrument
3 : a subordinate group or organization that performs specialized functions the various organs of government
variants: or organo-

Definition of organ- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : organ organogenesis
2 : organic organomercurial

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Examples of organ in a Sentence

Noun the legislative organ of our government that newspaper is intended as an organ for the whole university community
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All options include meat and veggies that provide ample nutrition for your pup; the beef and lamb meals also feature organ meats that are rich in essential amino acids and taurine that help protect your dog’s heart. Lindsay Boyers, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Consuming any part of the oleander plant can cause vomiting, along with changes in heart rate and heart rhythm, Wismer said, and the seeds, or beans, of castor oil plants can cause an upset stomach, tremors and organ failure. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 It's been 40 years since everyone's favorite Hawaiian organ donor was born... at least according to his drivers license. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, 3 June 2021 In 2004, three years before Coltrane’s death, her son and musical collaborator Ravi discovered mixes of the album that omitted the overdubs and included only Alice’s voice and organ. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone, 2 June 2021 All the keyboards were removed except Ronnie Rosman’s Hammond organ. Marc Myers, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Dogs can also smell through another organ nestled between their noses and mouths. New York Times, 31 May 2021 Lumakras is part of a growing trend of precision medicines that target gene mutations driving cancer regardless of which organ the disease originated. NBC News, 28 May 2021 According to the American Kennel Club, dogs have an organ that humans don't. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of organ

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for organ

Noun

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

Combining form

Greek organon

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The first known use of organ was before the 12th century

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“Organ.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/organ. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for organ

organ

noun

English Language Learners Definition of organ

: 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

noun
or·​gan | \ ˈȯr-gən How to pronounce organ (audio) \

Kids Definition of organ

1 : a musical instrument played by means of one or more keyboards and having pipes sounded by compressed air
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 : a way of getting something done Courts are organs of government.

organ

noun
or·​gan | \ ˈȯr-gən How to pronounce organ (audio) \

Medical Definition of organ

: 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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