Definition of Street organ

1. Noun. A musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs.

Exact synonyms: Barrel Organ, Grind Organ, Hand Organ, Hurdy Gurdy, Hurdy-gurdy
Generic synonyms: Instrument, Musical Instrument
Category relationships: Music

Definition of Street organ

1. Noun. a mechanically played organ designed to play in the street. ¹

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Literary usage of Street organ

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1886)
"a street-organ with the internal construction of slotted paper, instead of the old-time barrel and pegs. It is fur superior to the one of older date, ..."

2. Acadian Legends and Lyrics by Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton (1889)
"THE street organ. AN organ grinding below In the street, •^ *• You smile that I think the music sweet, And you think it strange that I love to listen, ..."

3. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1889) by Eminent Writers by John Alexander Fuller-Maitland, Adela Harriet Sophia Bagot Wodehouse (1879)
"The ordinary street organ was first made by a builder named Hicks at the ... In fact the ' setting ' the barrels of a street organ — like the hearing them ..."

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