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accordion

noun ac·cor·di·on \ ə-ˈkȯr-dē-ən \

Definition of accordion

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

accordionist

play \-dē-ə-nist\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of accordion

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


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accordion

adjective

Definition of accordion

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

Origin and Etymology of accordion

derivative of 1accordion


ACCORDION Defined for English Language Learners

accordion

noun

Definition of accordion for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

accordion

noun ac·cor·di·on \ ə-ˈkȯr-dē-ən \

Definition of accordion for Students

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


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