Definition of gramophone in US English:



  • old-fashioned term for record player
    • ‘His first recordings, made a hundred years ago this month, on April 11 th, 1902, would kick-start the birth of the gramophone as a medium for what we now take for granted - the serious recording.’
    • ‘In these early days, the gramophone was considered to be little more than a toy, and the ‘great artists’ of the time did not want to condescend to its perceived level to make recordings.’
    • ‘The first gramophone to change records automatically went on sale.’
    • ‘There was a gramophone at home and recordings of opera.’
    • ‘Exhibits will include film and audio clips, scripts, designs, posters, diaries, costume, radios and gramophones and 78 rpm records,’
    • ‘Before the invention of the gramophone and flat-disc records in the late 1890s music and songs were recorded on wax cylinders and played on machines called phonographs, invented by Thomas Edison.’
    • ‘Other wind-up gramophones from the period have brass finished horns which are equally desirable; however, it is important that the machines are in good working order and in as original condition as possible.’
    • ‘Decca continued to make wind-up gramophones until the late 1950s, long after electric gramophones were established.’
    • ‘From around 1900 until the 1950s, the needles on pre-electric gramophones required changing after every record, to preserve sound quality.’
    • ‘His fascination both with music and collecting albums began when he played his grandmother's collection of 78 rmp records on a wind-up gramophone.’
    • ‘The museum's collection illustrates the history of recorded sound prior to the popular use of the gramophone and radio.’
    • ‘Mr Holt said: ‘We had one of those old wind-up gramophones which Anne and I used to dance around.’’
    • ‘Before the gramophone and the LP, before there were CDs and MTV, songwriters were forced to travel in order to share in the musical influences and advancements of their peers.’
    • ‘I have several hundred of these old LPs, but my gramophone is getting a bit past it.’
    • ‘The man disappeared among the trees, returning after about 20 minutes with a portable gramophone and records.’
    • ‘We all went and gathered round the gramophone, and when we were settled the record was put on.’
    • ‘Vinyl recordings and gramophones were sent back from America before they became readily available in Ireland and in this way he acquired a large repertoire of tunes often several in the same week.’
    • ‘The only medium to listen to the then alternative music was a record player or gramophone.’
    • ‘I would venture to add that these classics of the gramophone have come out sounding extremely beautiful with singing top registers and remarkable sound stage for the early 50's.’


Late 19th century: formed by inversion of elements of phonogram ‘sound recording’.