Meaning of Wurlitzer in English:



  • A large pipe organ or electric organ, especially one used in the cinemas of the 1930s.

    • ‘Unlike his stark, Crazy Horse-inflected debut of a few years ago, North Side Benches is a poppier affair, replete with synthesizers, Wurlitzers, glockenspiel, and a helping hand from Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy.’
    • ‘The exhibition of instruments, ranging from tiny musical boxes to a huge Wurlitzer cinema organ, will be enhanced by the grant, which has been made available by the Heritage Lottery Fund.’
    • ‘The song's sample of a dust-carpeted projector snaps its finger to teach the beat to a roiling tom-tom rhythm, and mixes with a Wurlitzer organ and guitars that squeal like after-hours drunks on a freeway.’
    • ‘He got on the guitar, I got on the Wurlitzer and we wrote the song within an hour.’
    • ‘Directly behind her is a Fender Rhodes with an apple-red Wurlitzer on top - played by swinging around on her piano bench - and both have a Drawmer 1960 inserted on their direct channels.’
    • ‘Between the Wurlitzer's full-bodied, rounded sound and the generally chilled mood of the writing and playing, the album has a subdued, reflective tone, albeit with a healthy rhythmic underpinning.’
    • ‘With Dub Intefadah, Penner combines the methods of circuit bending with his Wurlitzer organ and electric guitar, throwing in folk singing for good measure.’
    • ‘Peter Seward is a specialist and player of most electronic organs, including the Wurlitzer theatre pipe organs.’
    • ‘Harcourt's soft vocals lead every track, and he also plays his own piano, Wurlitzer, guitar, sax and harmonica (among others).’
    • ‘Don Hyde, chairman of the Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust, said the trust rescued the large Wurlitzer from the Odeon when it was being converted into a multi-cinema.’
    • ‘Oh, that's not all he plays - he's also the church organist at Auckland's Epsom Presbyterian, and accompanies silent movies on the Wurlitzer at the Hollywood Theatre in Avondale - but funerals are his bread and butter.’
    • ‘To the right, hidden from the couples' view in the trap door under the stage, the organist is sitting at the Wurlitzer, his jacket as shiny white as his keyboard.’
    • ‘Nostalgic Roy spent seven years building the 20-seat cinema complete with plush red curtains and carpets, 1930s cinema seats - and even a model Wurlitzer organ.’
    • ‘Austin Rayner entertained cinema audiences at the Regal in Piccadilly, as he sat astride the huge Wurlitzer organ when it appeared from beneath the floor in the intervals.’
    • ‘The old movie palaces of my childhood where patrons paid 25 cents to watch a double bill, plus news and cartoons, while listening to the Wurlitzer organ during intermission, are now shopping malls or revivalist churches.’
    • ‘The band's tempos now surpass dirge-speed and their ever-reverberant arrangements have grown to include drums, banjo, pedal steel, Wurlitzer and, on one song, a choir.’
    • ‘When the Odeon started life as the Paramount on October 6, 1930, it had a flickering projector, and later became renowned for its Wurlitzer organ played for years by Nigel Ogden.’
    • ‘That night big band music, ballroom dancing and the Wurlitzer organ will all help transform the Tower Ballroom into a nostalgic extravaganza.’
    • ‘What a wonderful building that was, such wonderful decor and foyer, with a staircase going up either side and a lovely Wurlitzer organ.’
    • ‘More of an acquired taste are her occasional forays on the Wurlitzer organ, which may induce flashbacks of Rolf Harris.’


Named after Rudolf Wurlitzer (1831–1914), the German-born American instrument-maker who founded the manufacturing company.