Definition of melodica in English:


Pronunciation /məˌlädikə/ /məˌlɑdɪkə/


  • A wind instrument with a small keyboard controlling a row of reeds, and a mouthpiece at one end.

    ‘Well, for one thing, there's a wide variety of acoustic instruments featured here: upright bass, guitar, piano, clarinet, cymbals, viola, melodica and cello.’
    • ‘With an organ providing a solid backing for the song, trombones and melodicas weave interlacing melodies.’
    • ‘The music becomes a dense, intricate concoction enriched by electronic elements, melodica, glockenspiel, accordion, trumpet, viola, pump organ, and banjo.’
    • ‘The other members, male and female, played drums, crude percussion, violin, organ, accordion, guitar, melodica, you name it, but some songs had four or five members at the front of the stage leading the crowd in simple dance moves.’
    • ‘Creatively banging together disparate sounds on a high-energy anvil, the members made use of everything from a melodica and various plug-in instruments to some sort of rabid clog dancing.’


Late 19th century (in the sense ‘small pipe organ’): from melody, on the pattern of harmonica.