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

Examples of accordion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lack of a solution ate at Richard, who ransacked the office searching for old documents that might contain any clues, filing them in a knee-high stack of brown accordion folders that have become bent and tattered from use. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "A freshwater mussel apocalypse is underway—and no one knows why.," 16 Dec. 2019 The musical humorist will have more than his accordion with him for musical accompaniment, as he will be backed by a live orchestra for the concert, part of his nationwide Strings Attached Tour. Kevin Slane,, "5 things to do this weekend," 17 July 2019 The event will feature a reading of the Lucia legend and a Lucia procession, a sampling of Swedish desserts and beverages, displays about Swedish history, and music including accordion player Corky Hall. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "St. Lucia Festival returns to honor Central Florida’s Swedish heritage," 1 Dec. 2019 Last week the 6-8, 360-pound Jones folded half of the Northwestern defensive line like an accordion. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Why Ohio State football’s massive freshman Dawand Jones may avoid a redshirt," 22 Oct. 2019 Sean Powell, who plays Sheriff Joe, is particularly adept, handling guitar, mandolin, cello, accordion and banjo. Matthew J. Palm,, "Mad Cow Theatre’s ‘Spitfire Grill’ sizzles with hope, charity and love | Review," 7 Dec. 2019 This fit and flare sweater dress has accordion pleats, a tie at the waist and a slight mock neck. Brittany Loggins, NBC News, "9 stylish — and cozy — sweater dresses that are perfect for work," 2 Dec. 2019 Barbara enjoyed cooking, as well as playing her accordion and organ., "Barbara Emond," 17 July 2019 The tinny beats, off-kilter brass, and squelching strings offset a wide array of music elements, including a prominent accordion riff. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest K-Pop Songs of the 2010s: Staff List," 25 Nov. 2019

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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)


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The first known use of accordion was in 1830

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26 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Accordion.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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


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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