[ 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.


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Origin of theremin

1925–30; named after Leo Theremin (born 1896), Russian inventor


ther·e·min·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for theremin

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

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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
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