xylophone

noun xy·lo·phone \ ˈzī-lə-ˌfōn also ˈzi- \

Definition of xylophone

:a percussion instrument consisting of a series of wooden bars graduated in length to produce the musical scale, supported on belts of straw or felt, and sounded by striking with two small wooden hammers

xylophonist

play \ˈzī-lə-ˌfō-nist also ˈzi-\ noun

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First Known Use of xylophone

1866


XYLOPHONE Defined for English Language Learners

xylophone

noun

Definition of xylophone for English Language Learners

  • : a musical instrument that has a set of wooden bars of different lengths that are hit with hammers


XYLOPHONE Defined for Kids

xylophone

noun xy·lo·phone \ ˈzī-lə-ˌfōn \

Definition of xylophone for Students

:a musical instrument consisting of a series of wooden bars of different lengths that are struck by special mallets to produce musical notes


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