xylophone

[ zahy-luh-fohn ]
/ ˈzaɪ ləˌfoʊn /

noun

a musical instrument consisting of a graduated series of wooden bars, usually sounded by striking with small wooden hammers.

Nearby words

  1. xyloid,
  2. xylol,
  3. xylophage,
  4. xylophagous,
  5. xylophilous,
  6. xylophonic,
  7. xylorimba,
  8. xylose,
  9. xylostroma,
  10. xylotomous

Origin of xylophone

First recorded in 1865–70; xylo- + -phone

Related formsxy·lo·phon·ic [zahy-luh-fon-ik] /ˌzaɪ ləˈfɒn ɪk/, adjectivexy·lo·phon·ist [zahy-luh-foh-nist, zahy-lof-uh-nist, zi-] /ˈzaɪ ləˌfoʊ nɪst, zaɪˈlɒf ə nɪst, zɪ-/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for xylophone

xylophone

/ (ˈzaɪləˌfəʊn) /

noun

music a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars of graduated length. It is played with hard-headed hammers
Derived Formsxylophonic (ˌzaɪləˈfɒnɪk), adjectivexylophonist (zaɪˈlɒfənɪst), noun

Word Origin for xylophone

C19: from xylo- + -phone

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Word Origin and History for xylophone

xylophone

n.

1866, coined from Greek xylon "wood" + phone "a sound" (see fame (n.)).

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