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

Examples of accordion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lovell’s got style but the self-proclaimed (on Twitter) actress, cat lover, and owner of one accordion, which feels like the right amount of accordions to us, has got range. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "All Hail Mr. Mayor’s Breakout Star Vella Lovell," 15 Jan. 2021 Filing systems and storage: Staples as file folders, hanging file folders, accordion folders, classification folders as well as file boxes with and without lids. oregonlive, "Easily upgrade your home desk: Get organized, comfortable in 2021," 12 Jan. 2021 The brisket rippled with the lush accordion texture of fat and lean in harmony, with a robust salt-and-pepper bark ($11.50 per half-pound). Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Among San Antonio’s best barbecue restaurants are 3 new places that opened in the last year," 7 Jan. 2021 And when does Tom Izzo drop his CD of accordion music? Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State mailbag: Has Mel Tucker proven he's the man for Spartans football?," 11 Dec. 2020 Tacos Jimenez, once owned by accordion ace Flaco Jimenez, is getting a second life thanks to his son and namesake, Leonardo Jimenez III. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Officials promise safety at Alamo Bowl as coronavirus worsens," 29 Dec. 2020 The vacancy left on the anode side—thinner than a human hair—is temporarily compressed like an accordion. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Did QuantumScape Just Solve a 40-Year-Old Battery Problem?," 8 Dec. 2020 The lanterns can be collapsed like an accordion into flat packages that are easy to ship. Katya Kazakina, Bloomberg.com, "How $500 Lamps Are Keeping a New York Museum Afloat During Covid," 13 Nov. 2020 The thrilling scene was accented by musical arranger Edward Windels' ingenious choice to match their voices with an accordion, bass clarinet, and electric bass guitar. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Opera Theatre drives into the pandemic era with a fresh take on a classic," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Accordion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accordion. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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