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 Patrons will have beers poured from giant kegs shaped like a huge accordion. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Goldhorn Brewery renaming part of I-90, crafting actual accordion glasses in unique promotions," 1 Apr. 2021 The abode boasts a bevy of impressive features, including a two-sided fireplace in the living room, vaulted ceilings throughout, Viking appliances and marble countertops in the kitchen, and accordion doors that are 10 feet high. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "Judy Garland’s Former Home in Malibu Is on the Market for $3.895 Million," 9 Mar. 2021 The youngest of six children, Gomez is a singer-songwriter and musician who started honing his accordion skills at just 8 years old. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "J.R. Gomez is taking the Tejano music scene by storm," 8 Mar. 2021 Designing under the shadow of Covid-19 also informed the restaurant's layout, with sinuous curves that hug tables together and accordion-style doors that open all the way up to create a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, "Le Bilboquet is the Latest New York Restaurant to Open in Florida," 22 Feb. 2021 Gilchrist came equipped with markers, colored pencils and accordion files full of printed copies of his work for sale. Jessica Saggio | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Famed Muppets cartoonist Guy Gilchrist kicks off tour with fans in Covington," 7 Feb. 2021 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

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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 11 Apr. 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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