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[men-dl-suh n; German men-duh l-zohn]
  1. Fe·lix [fee-liks; German fey-liks] /ˈfi lɪks; German ˈfeɪ lɪks/, Jacob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, 1809–47, German composer.
  2. his grandfatherMo·ses [moh-ziz, -zis; German moh-zes] /ˈmoʊ zɪz, -zɪs; German ˈmoʊ zɛs/, 1729–86, German philosopher.
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Historical Examples of mendelssohn

  • Duquesnel had the happy idea of putting Athalie on again, with Mendelssohn's choruses.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • He told me that it was the Life of the celebrated Mendelssohn, the Jew.

  • People who pin their faith to Mendelssohn might be a little over-powered.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • "Perhaps I have been more fortunate than most artists," said Mendelssohn softly.

  • Mendelssohn sat at the piano and David tuned his instrument.

British Dictionary definitions for mendelssohn


  1. Felix (ˈfeːlɪks), full name Jacob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. 1809–47, German romantic composer. His works include the overtures A Midsummer Night's Dream (1826) and Fingal's Cave (1832), five symphonies, the oratorio Elijah (1846), piano pieces, and songs. He was instrumental in the revival of the music of J. S. Bach in the 19th century
  2. his grandfather, Moses (ˈmoːzəs). 1729–86, German Jewish philosopher. His best-known work is Jerusalem (1783), in which he defends Judaism and appeals for religious toleration
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