Meaning of “barrel organ” in the English Dictionary

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"barrel organ" in English

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barrel organnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbær.əl ˌɔː.ɡən/ us /ˈbær.əl ˌɔːr.ɡən/

Examples from literature

  • Another day a street musician regarded him curiously from behind a barrel organ which he was turning with the lifeless celerity of one without interest in the sounds created by the process. 
  • In the distance a barrel organ became more and more distinct and as I drew nearer and the noise grew louder, I wanted to dance and sing. 
  • On Thursday there is a handsome Italian with a barrel organ that bears in its belly the very latest and most popular tunes. 
  • The same thing year after year, and the same sounds—the dismal barrel organs, and brazen instruments, and pipes, wailing, droning, booming. 
  • The vision kept coming and coming, like the same tune played over and over on a barrel organ, and when he woke seemed to fill all the time he had slept. 

(Definition of “barrel organ” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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