- a small reed organ.
- a kind of accordion.
Origin of melodeon
1840–50, Americanism; < German, formed on Melodie melody; see accordion
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Examples from the Web for melodeon
She could not imagine how the singing could be anything without her voice and the melodeon.
Ye can't foller a fiddle an' sing, ye got to hev a melodeon or accordion.
Billy's flute and the melodeon did not harmonize as the melodeon had only three notes left in it.
I guess we could get us some kind of a melodeon, 'fore we done such a thing as that.Country Neighbors
Eve came from the melodeon and laid one slim hand on his arm.The Flaming Jewel
Robert W. Chambers
- a type of small accordion
- a type of keyboard instrument similar to the harmonium
C19: from German, from Melodie melody
Word Origin and History for melodeon
1847, variant of melodion, from German Melopdoin, from Melodie, from Old French melodie (see melody).
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