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[mir-li-ton; French meer-lee-tawn] /ˈmɪr lɪˌtɒn; French mir liˈtɔ̃/
noun, plural mirlitons
[mir-li-tonz; French meer-lee-tawn] /ˈmɪr lɪˌtɒnz; French mir liˈtɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
Origin of mirliton
1810-20; < French: literally, reed-pipe Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mirliton
Historical Examples
  • Beat the caviare to a cream and pound the peaches to a pulp; then add the sugar and millet and stir vigorously with a mirliton.

  • Bruant ran the mirliton on the principle that the less easily pleasure is come by, the more it will be prized.


    Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Trilby singing "Ben Bolt" into a mirliton was a thing to be remembered, whether one would or no!

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • To give an account of the “mirliton” is to tell the story of Bruant, the most popular ballad-writer in France to-day.

    The Ways of Men Eliot Gregory
  • Driven forth again I fly home, accompanied by the unnerving tones of the mirliton pipes.

    The Inferno August Strindberg
  • On the 27th of March this "mirliton" concert was repeated at Ciceri's, and on this occasion Cherubini took an active part.

British Dictionary definitions for mirliton


another name (chiefly US) for chayote
Word Origin
C19: French, literally: reed pipe, of imitative origin
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