Definition of harmonium in English:



  • A keyboard instrument in which the notes are produced by air driven through metal reeds by foot-operated bellows.

    • ‘His music, instead of advancing, regressed; the songs became strangely lethargic; they featured a pumping harmonium but very little harmony.’
    • ‘They include the drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, as well as many of the less traditional instruments such as block flute, harmonium and flugelhorn.’
    • ‘In a good way, the harmonium sounds like a French accordion managing to sound bitter, sweet and wry at the same time.’
    • ‘Ms Joy Dhammapala plays piano and harmonium, keyboard music in the western and Sri Lankan traditions.’
    • ‘Many of the pieces contain that strange instrument, the harmonium - so unfashionable now, but an item in many well-to-do 19 th-century homes.’


Mid 19th century: from French, from Latin harmonia (see harmony) or Greek harmonios harmonious.