Definitions for organˈɔr gən

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word organ

Princeton's WordNet

  1. organ(noun)

    a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function

  2. organ(noun)

    a government agency or instrument devoted to the performance of some specific function

    "The Census Bureau is an organ of the Commerce Department"

  3. electric organ, electronic organ, Hammond organ, organ(noun)

    (music) an electronic simulation of a pipe organ

  4. organ(noun)

    a periodical that is published by a special interest group

    "the organ of the communist party"

  5. organ, pipe organ(noun)

    wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard

  6. harmonium, organ, reed organ(noun)

    a free-reed instrument in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows


  1. Organ(n.)

    A medium of communication between one person or body and another; as, the secretary of state is the organ of communication between the government and a foreign power; a newspaper is the organ of its editor, or of a party, sect, etc. A newsletter distributed within an organization is often called its house organ.

  2. Origin: [L. organum, Gr. 'o`rganon; akin to 'e`rgon work, and E. work: cf. F. organe. See Work, and cf. Orgue, Orgy.]


  1. organ(Noun)

    A largest part of an organism, composed of tissues that perform similar functions.

  2. organ(Noun)

    A body of an organization dedicated to the performing of certain functions.

  3. organ(Noun)

    A musical instrument that has multiple pipes which play when a key is pressed, or an electronic instrument designed to replicate such.

  4. organ(Noun)

    An official magazine, newsletter, or similar publication of an organization.

  5. organ(Noun)

    A species of cactus (Stenocereus thurberi)

  6. organ(Noun)

    The penis.

  7. Origin: From organum, from ὄργανον, from *.


  1. organ

    In music, the organ is a keyboard instrument of one or more divisions, each played with its own keyboard, played either with the hands or with the feet. The organ is a relatively old musical instrument in the Western musical tradition, dating from the time of Ctesibius of Alexandria who is credited with inventing the hydraulis. By around the 8th century, it had overcome early associations with gladiatorial combat and gradually assumed a prominent place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. Subsequently it re-emerged as a secular and recital instrument.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'organ' in Nouns Frequency: #1643

Anagrams for organ »

  1. groan

  2. argon

  3. Goran

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ramsey Badawi:

    If you think about it really no organ in the body acts on it own.

  2. Daniel Salomon:

    Every person in the chain of an organ donation, except one, profits.

  3. Winston Churchill:

    Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.

  4. William Huang:

    The skin is a dynamic organ, and skin and stress have a complicated interplay.

  5. Arthur L Caplan:

    The use of fetuses as organ and tissue donors is a ticking time bomb of bioethics.

Images & Illustrations of organ

Translations for organ

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for organ »


Find a translation for the organ definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these organ definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"organ." STANDS4 LLC, 2016. Web. 7 Feb. 2016. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for organ? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for organ:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.