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



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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Other Words from accordion


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

Examples of accordion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Back Pocket Whiskey Fellas & Bayou Brothers kick off the opener with their blend of Irish folk and country-rock, using guitars, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, accordion and more. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 June 2022 Its accordion expanders are designed to fit frames from 23.5 to 37 inches wide, which is sufficient for the majority of residential windows. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 7 June 2022 The accordion and violin weave their way through many of the album’s tracks and remind me of Desire. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 June 2022 Ayala is a norteño pioneer whose accordion-laden songs are staples at cantinas and restaurants, on radio airwaves and at weddings, baptisms and quinceañeras. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 1 June 2022 Whether the music featured hard-driving beats from the Dominican Republic or accordion melodies from Mexico, the crowd — with groups of friends, family members, singles and couples, all mostly under age 40 — seemed to know every word to the songs. Nikki O'neill, Chicago Tribune, 29 May 2022 It’s as if a giant accordion squeezed and wheezed its way up Somerville Ave. Globe Staff,, 19 May 2022 The piece was inspired by a legend about the accordion’s arrival in South America. Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 In concert, the band also incorporates uncommon instrumentation, such as a garmoshka (a button accordion), a didgeridoo and the bugay, a cone-shaped drum that makes a deep, resonating sound similar to the mating call of a bittern, or wading bird. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of accordion


1830, in the meaning defined above


1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accordion


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)


derivative of accordion entry 1

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The first known use of accordion was in 1830

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29 Jun 2022

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“Accordion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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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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