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or melodion

[muh-loh-dee-uh n] /məˈloʊ di ən/
a small reed organ.
a kind of accordion.
Origin of melodeon
1840-50, Americanism; < German, formed on Melodie melody; see accordion Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for melodeon
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  • I didn't have any time to learn painting or fine manners, or any music, except to play Moody-and-Sankeys on the melodeon.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • I guess we could get us some kind of a melodeon, 'fore we done such a thing as that.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • When supper was over a melodeon or several mouth-organs were produced, and selections were played for another hour.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • Did you ever see anything like those figures he is drawing on the melodeon?

  • One of her crew sat on the forecastle playing the "Swanee River" on a melodeon.

    Our Casualty And Other Stories James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
  • She could not imagine how the singing could be anything without her voice and the melodeon.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • Madeline Brand, as she sat at the melodeon below the minister's desk, stifled a small yawn with her pretty fingers.

    Dr. Heidenhoff's Process Edward Bellamy
  • I need not say to those who have ever heard a melodeon, that there is nothing like it.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
  • Dancing was tabooed, but a "melodeon" was carted to the dock and hymns were sung.

    The Kirk on Rutgers Farm Frederick Brckbauer
  • Besides, those who sat in front began to be discontented with the melodeon.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for melodeon


noun (music)
a type of small accordion
a type of keyboard instrument similar to the harmonium
Word Origin
C19: from German, from Melodie melody
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Word Origin and History for melodeon

1847, variant of melodion, from German Melopdoin, from Melodie, from Old French melodie (see melody).

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