melodeon

or me·lo·di·on

[ muh-loh-dee-uh n ]
/ məˈloʊ di ən /

noun

a small reed organ.
a kind of accordion.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. mellotron,
  2. mellow,
  3. mellow out,
  4. mellowly,
  5. melo,
  6. melodia,
  7. melodic,
  8. melodic interval,
  9. melodic minor scale,
  10. melodics

Origin of melodeon

1840–50, Americanism; < German, formed on Melodie melody; see accordion

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British Dictionary definitions for melodeon

melodeon

melodion

/ (mɪˈləʊdɪən) /

noun music

a type of small accordion
a type of keyboard instrument similar to the harmonium

Word Origin for melodeon

C19: from German, from Melodie melody

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Word Origin and History for melodeon

melodeon

n.

1847, variant of melodion, from German Melopdoin, from Melodie, from Old French melodie (see melody).

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