• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Melodeon (Mus) A kind of small reed organ; -- a portable form of the seraphine.
    • Melodeon A music hall.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n melodeon A reed-organ or harmonium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Melodeon a small reed organ: an improved variety of the accordeon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. musical. See Melody, and cf. Odeon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Late L.—Gr. melōdiamelos, a song, ōdē, a lay.


In literature:

In the second view, the pedestal must slowly revolve, while a plaintive air is played on the melodeon.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
Billy's flute and the melodeon did not harmonize as the melodeon had only three notes left in it.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
While in Chicago to buy his Winter Stock, he bargained for two days and finally bought a Cottage Melodeon, with the Stool thrown in.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
Mrs Young had to leave her work to play for his edification on the little melodeon.
"By Canoe and Dog-Train" by Egerton Ryerson Young
A melodeon supplanted the flute, and when he was sixteen he attained the glory of a piano, a rare possession in those times.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
One of her crew sat on the forecastle playing the "Swanee River" on a melodeon.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Dancing was tabooed, but a "melodeon" was carted to the dock and hymns were sung.
"The Kirk on Rutgers Farm" by Frederick Brückbauer
I play the melodeon if they need me.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
I didn't have any time to learn painting or fine manners, or any music, except to play Moody-and-Sankeys on the melodeon.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
The meeting was held June 1st, in the Melodeon.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"

In poetry:

Cattlemen, or carpenters, or keen
Simply to get away
From married villages before morning,
Melodeons play
"How Distant" by Philip Larkin

In news:

The pocket piano, toot-flute, blow accordion, wind piano, melodeon, melodyhorn, pianaca, and hooter all offend me not.