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orchestrion

[awr-kes-tree-uh n]
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noun
  1. a mechanical musical instrument, resembling a barrel organ but more elaborate, for producing the effect of an orchestra.
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Origin of orchestrion

1830–40; orchestr(a) + -ion, as in accordion
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Examples from the Web for orchestrion

Historical Examples

  • They were dancing in the hall when I arrived, and now they're playing the orchestrion!

    The Girl on the Boat

    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

  • Raymond finally said to me, one evening, in the shadow of the orchestrion.

    On the Stairs

    Henry B. Fuller

  • I never asked what Mr. Gluckstein thought of the orchestrion.

    On the Stairs

    Henry B. Fuller

  • This orchestrion was a superior one, with a varied programme.

  • The "musical instrument of his invention" was called an orchestrion.