Definition of American organ in English:

American organ


  • A type of reed organ resembling the harmonium but in which air is sucked (not blown) through reeds.

    • ‘Between the ages of twelve and fifteen I regularly played the American organ and led the singing at the three churches in our village’
    • ‘There were only two people who pretended not to hear it, the gentleman who played the American organ and the lady who dreamt of going to Warsaw.’
    • ‘‘American organs’ (which are also made in Europe) have greater stability of tone and pitch, thicker reeds, and sound rather more like a pipe organ, but they are less capable of expression than the harmonium.’