Definition of reed organ in US English:

reed organ


  • A keyboard instrument similar to a harmonium, in which air is drawn upward past metal reeds to produce tones.

    • ‘The accordion was the result of the era of experimentation with the free reed (introduced to Europe from China in the late 18th century) that also produced the reed organ and the harmonica.’
    • ‘Waller's lifelong interest in the organ, the notes say, started, when, accompanying his preacher father on Harlem street corners, he played the harmonium, a small reed organ.’
    • ‘Penn brought to his meetings a portable reed organ, the use of which enhanced the singing of both the congregation and soloists.’
    • ‘So, as I get on in years and maybe have to downgrade the size of my house, I will be donating my reed organs and player pianos to some museum that would like to have them.’
    • ‘As a young boy, he played church songs at mass (‘on the reed organ,’ he recalls, ‘it was good exercise for the legs too’).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One five-part sinfonia is for strings; a seven-part sinfonia is for unspecified instruments; and one for eight parts is for cornetto, trombones and reed organ in keeping with its introduction to the Inferno.’


reed organ

/rēd ˈôrɡən/