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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In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from accordion

Noun

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

Examples of accordion in a Sentence

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Two large accordion windows span the front of the dining room and open completely so sitting inside is a lot like sitting outside. Joan Wilder, BostonGlobe.com, "Lap up Mediterranean by the beach," 4 July 2019 The best ones are fairly thick, accordion-style and highly reflective on one side. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 With its macaroni factories, accordion shops and quaint markets filled with salamis and Chianti, the neighborhood’s main street, upper Grant Avenue, would be a major visitor draw today. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco scenic treasure that locals overlook," 28 June 2019 There’s the promise of high aerial flips on the wire, a human cannon launch and, for something a little tamer, accordion serenades. Washington Post, "15 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 27 June 2019 The room had shelves filled with glass jars of kissing bugs crawling on filter paper folded accordion style. Marc Burckhardt, National Geographic, "A little-known parasite infects 300,000 people in the U.S.," 17 June 2019 The new melee-for-boost options played into the original game's accordion-like sense of momentum, always pulling me in for close kills before pushing me away to set off rockets. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "DOOM Eternal gameplay world premiere: Devil horns in the air—literally," 9 June 2019 Springsteen’s wife, Patti Scialfa, E Street keyboard and accordion player Charles Giordano and ex-E Streeter David Sancious all appear, and so does multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion, pianist Matt Rollins, and a team of steel guitar players. Dan Deluca, https://www.inquirer.com, "Bruce Springsteen tries out a new sound, under the ‘Western Stars’," 6 June 2019 Another unique aspect of the master bedroom is the NanaWall accordion door that opens completely to the pool/outdoor living area. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Braeswood Place contemporary offers 5,500-plus square feet," 6 May 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 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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