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[ ther-uh-min ]
/ ˈθɛr ə mɪn /


a musical instrument with electronic tone generation, the pitch and tone volume being controlled by the distance between the player's hands and two metal rods serving as antennas.

Nearby words

therefore, therefrom, therein, thereinafter, thereinto, theremin, thereof, thereon, theresa, theresa, saint, thereto

Origin of theremin

1925–30; named after Leo Theremin (born 1896), Russian inventor
Related formsther·e·min·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for theremin

  • Those of us who were going off shift found him toying with the theremin in the mess compartment.

    The Stoker and the Stars|Algirdas Jonas Budrys (AKA John A. Sentry)

British Dictionary definitions for theremin


/ (ˈθɛrəmɪn) /


an electronic musical instrument, played by moving the hands through electromagnetic fields created by two metal rods

Word Origin for theremin

C20: named after Leon Theremin (1896-1993), Russian scientist who invented it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for theremin



1927, from the name of its inventor, Russian engineer Léon Thérémin (1896-1993).

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