Definition of harmonium in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /hɑːˈməʊnɪəm/


A keyboard instrument in which the notes are produced by air driven through metal reeds by foot-operated bellows.
Example sentences
  • Many of the pieces contain that strange instrument, the harmonium - so unfashionable now, but an item in many well-to-do 19 th-century homes.
  • They include the drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, as well as many of the less traditional instruments such as block flute, harmonium and flugelhorn.
  • Ms Joy Dhammapala plays piano and harmonium, keyboard music in the western and Sri Lankan traditions.


Mid 19th century: from French, from Latin harmonia (see harmony) or Greek harmonios 'harmonious'.

Words that rhyme with harmonium

ammonium, euphonium, pandemonium, pelargonium, plutonium, polonium, zirconium

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: har|mo¦nium

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.