Definition of autophone in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɔːtə(ʊ)fəʊn/


(also autophon)
  • 1 historical Usually with capital initial. A type of small barrel organ producing music by means of perforated cards.

  • 2Music
    A percussion instrument that produces sound through the vibration of its constituent material, as a xylophone, gong, triangle, etc.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From auto- + -phone.