accordion

noun
ac·​cor·​di·​on | \ ə-ˈkȯr-dē-ən How to pronounce accordion (audio) \

Definition of accordion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a portable keyboard wind instrument in which the wind is forced past free reeds by means of a hand-operated bellows

accordion

adjective

Definition of accordion (Entry 2 of 2)

: folding or creased or hinged to fold like an accordion an accordion pleat an accordion door

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Noun

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from accordion

Noun

accordionist \ -​dē-​ə-​nist How to pronounce accordionist (audio) \ noun

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Spam has long been an important part of his act, as have things like duct tape, fishing, beer, snow, fouled-up newspaper ads, accordion music, cross-dressing, moose nuggets, small planes, strip clubs, tabloid newspapers and Costco. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Farewell to the 'Follies’: Mr. Whitekeys says his shows are ending — for good, this time," 12 June 2019 Tyler researched instruments that immigrants brought from all over the world, using the rebec, hurdy-gurdy, chitarrone, accordion and fiddle, as well as Native American flutes and drums, to evoke a sense of history. Shannon L. Bowen, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: 'Maniac,' 'Romanoffs,' 'Succession' Composers Reveals Unusual Inspirations," 7 June 2019 The benefits of this accordion-like structure are obvious, particularly from a screenwriter’s perspective. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Shailene Woodley's performance powers the evasive shipwreck-survival drama 'Adrift'," 31 May 2018 Women who are drawn to this aesthetic might choose to buy a pair of men’s Issey Miyake Pleats Please accordion pants, which are baggier and more forgiving than the women’s version by the same brand. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Who Needs Gender? Why Men and Women Are Dressing Identically," 21 Feb. 2019 To be fair, that descriptor sounds about right: Shabby accordion doors hid a peeling Formica surface, dropped ceilinged, and fluorescent lights. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "This Gorgeous Home Bar Used to Be a Dinky Closet," 11 Feb. 2019 Continue accordion-folding until the entire stack is complete. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Tissue Paper Flower Lollipops for Valentine's Day," 6 Feb. 2019 Open up your accordion and find the fold that's closest to the middle. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Tissue Paper Flower Lollipops for Valentine's Day," 6 Feb. 2019 For eight years, DJ Kishka, aka Justin Gorski, and his accordion has welcomed nearly 40,000 people to the polka street party to celebrate the end of lent. Lisa Dejong, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Dyngus Day 2018 (photos)," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of accordion

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accordion

Noun

borrowed from German Accordion (now Akkordeon), from Accord (now Akkord) "chord" (borrowed from French accord "chord, harmony, accord entry 2") + -ion (as in Melodion, an earlier keyboard instrument, from Melodie melody + -on, probably the Greek neuter noun ending)

Adjective

derivative of accordion entry 1

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The first known use of accordion was in 1830

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accordion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of accordion

: a musical instrument that is shaped like a box and that is held in your hands and played by pulling its sides apart and then pushing them together while pressing buttons and keys

accordion

noun
ac·​cor·​di·​on | \ ə-ˈkȯr-dē-ən How to pronounce accordion (audio) \

Kids Definition of accordion

: a portable keyboard musical instrument played by forcing air from a bellows past metal reeds

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