Definition of accordion
: a portable keyboard wind instrument in which the wind is forced past free reeds by means of a hand-operated bellows
accordionistplay \-dē-ə-nist\ noun
Recent Examples of accordion from the Web
A whole side of the barn was opened to the rolling, wooded landscape with glass doors that fold flat, accordion-style.
Gaxiola sings and plays bajo sexto, and his brother, Jorge, is a vocalist who plays accordion in the band.
With the top folded accordion-like on the rear deck, however, visibility out the back was almost completely blocked.
Extras: Look for patio seating to be available in the upcoming months when the accordion-style windows that span the streets are opened.
Her older brother and Dad played the accordion and her parents were avid dancers.
This was not the case when the Haus of Polka duo, consisting of one guitar and one accordion player, recently performed at the Hammond Public Library.
The event, which runs through Sunday, features five visiting master artists/instructors: John Carty (fiddle, banjo), Colm O’Donnell (flute, whistle, song), James Kelly (fiddle), Meabh Begley (accordion, song) and Sean Gavin (flute, uilleann pipes).
He was discovered while playing the accordion with a Western band.
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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)
First Known Use: 1830See Words from the same year
Definition of accordion
: folding or creased or hinged to fold like an accordion an accordion pleat an accordion door
ACCORDION Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of accordion for Students
: a portable keyboard musical instrument played by forcing air from a bellows past metal reeds
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