[ zahy-luh-fohn ]
/ ˈzaɪ ləˌfoʊn /


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

Origin of xylophone

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

Related forms

xy·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


/ (ˈzaɪləˌfəʊn) /


music a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars of graduated length. It is played with hard-headed hammers

Derived Forms

xylophonic (ˌzaɪləˈfɒnɪk), adjectivexylophonist (zaɪˈlɒfənɪst), noun

Word Origin for xylophone

C19: from xylo- + -phone
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