accordion

noun
ac·cor·di·on | \ə-ˈkȯr-dē-ən \

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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Other Words from accordion

Noun

accordionist \-dē-ə-nist \ noun

Examples of accordion in a Sentence

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The accordion has had its ups and downs, squeezed by the fickle nature of pop music. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Hear that sound? It’s 150 accordionists celebrating the love of their instrument.," 11 July 2018 Alan Clark of Dire Straits' accordion. Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi's acoustic guitar. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Fans celebrate the Rock Hall inductions at sold-out simulcast (video)," 14 Apr. 2018 Elías had previously recorded the song with accordion player Juancho de la Espriella, who joined Vives on the stage of the festival. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Vallenato Festival Recap: Carlos Vives Performs, Premieres New Video," 1 May 2018 Music will be provided by The Internationals, an accordion-mandolin duo with Eastern European roots, and there will be complimentary refreshments. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora Historical Society to hold party to highlight exhibit on ethnic diversity," 13 July 2018 On one side of the book’s accordion fold are serene color photographs of the Bay of Naples, on the other images of erotic art that survived the eruption. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 6 July 2018 Miss Dyngus lead the parade with countless accordions and dancing pierogi trailing her through the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Lisa Dejong, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Dyngus Day 2018 (photos)," 3 Apr. 2018 The parents of a 16-month-old boy who died after being crushed by an accordion-style bay door at a Scottsdale fire station are seeking $9 million from the city, according to a notice of claim filed this week. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Parents of toddler killed by door at a Scottsdale fire station seek $9 million," 22 June 2018 They were further stymied by metal accordion gates, firmly locked to keep those in upper levels from sneaking down to pricier seats during intermissions. Francine Uenuma, Smithsonian, "The Iroquois Theater Disaster Killed Hundreds and Changed Fire Safety Forever," 12 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of accordion

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

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