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

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Other Words from accordion

Noun

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

Examples of accordion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And there’s also a headless Norteño musician with a cowboy hat and an accordion. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Look who’s featured in this new mural celebrating SAP Center," 31 Aug. 2019 Also, the amount of time riding on that pleasant Skiff between objectives fits neatly into the accordion-squeeze pause of combat that co-op players might seek. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Gears 5 review: An obvious gaming recommendation—if you already paid for it," 10 Sep. 2019 SamTrans launched a new line of Wi-Fi-equipped accordion shuttles this month, serving a niche market of commuters who travel from Foster City to the Financial District and vice versa. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: New buses, same highway," 29 Aug. 2019 Energetic accordion whiz Alex Meixner will play at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The dachshunds, the lumberjacks, the location changes and everything else you need to know for German Fest in Milwaukee," 22 July 2019 The party continues over the weekend with live German Polka bands and accordion players, a kids zone, tasty foods and, of course, beer. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "The ultimate guide to Oktoberfest in Colorado, 2019 edition," 13 Sep. 2019 The luxury homes have captivating 20-foot-high ceilings in the dining and great rooms, and accordion-style panoramic doors that open to outdoor living spaces with seating and cooking areas. oregonlive, "2019 NW Natural Parade of Homes: See, touch the latest design ideas," 6 Sep. 2019 From Monterrey, a Colombian cumbia for everyone.’’ The truth of that statement was almost unimaginable when Mr. Piña began performing in the 1970s, on a two-row accordion his father had given him as a gift. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Celso Piña, Mexican cumbia artist and ‘accordion rebel,’ dies at 66," 22 Aug. 2019 Performing on a stage that included sections that would rise to great heights on an accordion-style base, KISS sounded good and looked good, even in closeups on the large video board behind them. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "KISS farewell concert at the BB&T Center | Review/Photos," 7 Aug. 2019

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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
How to pronounce accordion (audio)

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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