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musical glasses

plural noun

  1. a set of drinking glasses filled with varying amounts of water to produce ringing tones of different pitches when the player's finger is rubbed around the wet rims.


musical glasses

plural noun

  1. another term for glass harmonica


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Word History and Origins

Origin of musical glasses1

First recorded in 1760–70
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Example Sentences

Their conversation was altogether made up of Shakspeare, taste, high life and the musical glasses.

I was not half fine enough for you, could not talk of Shakespeare and the musical glasses.

She is a charming hostess; we talk of Shakespeare and the musical glasses.

Garland represented Field as discussing social and economic problems—why not the "musical glasses," deponent saith not.

For a few minutes the conversation was frivolous, quite the Shakespeare and musical glasses kind of speech.

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