Definition of steam organ in English:

steam organ


  • A fairground pipe organ that is driven by a steam engine and played by means of a keyboard or a system of punched cards.

    • ‘I rushed out of the tent, past the wicker basket stall and narrowly avoiding the Victorian steam organ, and pushed a couple of small children aside to ensure I had an unobscured ringside view at the racing arena.’
    • ‘We also had a beautiful vintage steam organ that played all the old tunes, and that proved very popular.’
    • ‘The nine section piece recalls roundabouts, steam organs, swings and jugglers.’