noun re·cord·er \ri-ˈkr-dər\

: a device that records sounds or images or both so that they can be heard or seen again

: a musical instrument that is shaped like a tube with holes and that is played by blowing into the top of the tube

: a judge in some courts of law

Full Definition of RECORDER

a :  the chief judicial magistrate of some British cities and boroughs
b :  a municipal judge with criminal jurisdiction of first instance and sometimes limited civil jurisdiction
:  one that records
:  any of a group of wind instruments ranging from soprano to bass that are characterized by a conical tube, a whistle mouthpiece, and eight finger holes

Illustration of RECORDER

First Known Use of RECORDER

15th century
RECORDER Defined for Kids


noun re·cord·er \ri-ˈkr-dər\

Definition of RECORDER for Kids

:  a person or device that records <a digital video recorder>
:  a musical instrument like a long hollow whistle with eight holes for the fingers
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