Definition of melodeon in English:


(also melodion)


  • 1A small accordion of German origin, played especially by folk musicians.

    • ‘Instruments included the usual ‘box’, melodeon, flute/whistle, fiddle, as well as the less familiar harp and concertina and pipes.’
    • ‘She grew up in a house full of music and began playing the melodeon in her early teens and played right up to her death.’
    • ‘Dozens of patients, mostly dressed in black, marched through the streets following a draped coffin while musicians played a dirge on a flageolet and melodion.’
    • ‘A rare opportunity to see the four guys perform together since they first joined forces five years ago, the 8pm performance promises familiar songs sublimely arranged for melodeon, concertina, oboe, fiddle, mandolin and guitar.’
    • ‘Pandemonium will perform traditional folk and ceilidh music on guitar, mandolin, concertina, recorder, melodeon and percussion.’
    • ‘There was a perfect flow of musical chemistry too within her band, creating huge multi-layered washes of sound - for three fiddles, a melodeon and a tuba can be surprisingly heavy hitting in their intensity.’
    • ‘Pete Coe returns to the club on January 22 with his bouzouki, banjo, dulcimer, melodeon and percussive step-dancing.’
    • ‘This traditional singer, guitarist and concertina and melodeon player was born in Norfolk and is based in Yorkshire after a spell in Ireland.’
    • ‘The daytime shift on Saturday will be filled with musical workshops on the fiddle, whistle, bodhrán, guitar, melodeon and percussion.’
    • ‘Sharon is of course a multi instrumentalist in her own right, playing melodeon, piano accordion and fiddle.’
    • ‘The instruments available are fiddles, flutes, banjos, concertinas, accordions, a melodeon and a practice set of uillean pipes.’
    • ‘At the age of 6 or 7 I'd say I started the music, my mother had one of those little melodions and we finished up tearing that to pieces but we learnt to play the music on it.’
    • ‘He had a great love of traditional Irish music, being very accomplished on the melodeon and concertina, but the tin whistle was his favourite.’
    • ‘Miller notes that from as early as 1844 American wakes were a mixture of sorrow and hilarity, prayers and keening, after which ‘young folk danced to the music of fiddles, pipes, flutes or melodeons.’’
    • ‘The years took their toll, families moved out of the valley, homes that once rang to the sounds of children and the music of fiddles and melodeons became silent.’
    • ‘Kate herself is well renowned for her talent on the melodeon, yet this was her night to enjoy being around family and friends.’
    • ‘He also showed the audience the differences between the accordion and the melodeon the main one being the accordion has keys and the melodeon buttons for the notes.’
    • ‘A jazz ensemble that includes double bass, cello, and melodeon, among other strange sounds, the Kai Sextet uses traditional music from Scandinavia, Western Europe, and India as a basis for improvisation.’
    • ‘Elena Hogan and Noel Clancy represented Waterford in the Munster Fleadh Ceoil in Millstreet last Sunday, the flute and the melodion being the instruments of choice.’
    • ‘Next Thursday, the Sultans of Squeeze come to town with their collection of melodions, accordions and concertinas to perform music of all genres, from folk, to waltzes, to blues to rock ‘n’ roll.’
  • 2A small organ popular in the 19th century, similar to the harmonium.

    • ‘The expensive clothing and jewelry, the imported carpet, and the melodeon or reed organ indicates the refinement and wealth of this frontier family who shared cultural and social aspirations with its urban counterparts.’