[ mir-li-ton; French meer-lee-tawn ]

noun,plural mir·li·tons [mir-li-tonz; French meer-lee-tawn]. /ˈmɪr lɪˌtɒnz; French mir liˈtɔ̃/.

Origin of mirliton

1810–20; <French: literally, reed-pipe

Words Nearby mirliton

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How to use mirliton in a sentence

  • Also called mirlitons in Louisiana, this squash boasts a smooth, pale-green skin surrounding firm flesh with a single large seed.

  • 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.

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

    Nights | Elizabeth Robins Pennell

British Dictionary definitions for mirliton


/ (ˈmɜːlɪtɒn) /

  1. another name (chiefly US) for chayote

Origin of mirliton

C19: French, literally: reed pipe, of imitative origin

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