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



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


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

Examples of accordion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The accordion pleats encircling a royal blue flower at the crown give this hatinator a contemporary feel and a fresh take on the more common Southern Belle charm of the Kentucky Derby hat. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 15 Apr. 2022 The accordion player had been evacuated for weeks and stayed with one of the fiddlers. Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2022 Playing the accordion gave him a measure of escape and fun that led to 10 to 15 hour practice sessions. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 27 Mar. 2022 VIP Palace has been closed for decades, but the building still stands, its orange façade stenciled with depictions of chickens, children, and a man playing an accordion by members of Lapiztola, a Oaxacan art collective. Steph Cha, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2022 Weird Al is seen playing accordion — wearing his signature large, retro glasses and Hawaiian shirt. Wyatte Grantham-philips, Variety, 22 Feb. 2022 Interested in telling a shorter story in installments that can expand and contract like an accordion? Michael Schneider, Variety, 24 Feb. 2022 With Balún, his instrument was more joyous, often dancing over top their quilts of pan flute, accordion, synth, Puerto Rican cuatro and Angélica Negrón’s gentle coo. Ryan Reed, SPIN, 28 Mar. 2022 Spring Equinox Celebration includes traveling accordion player Caleb Bond from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and singer-songwriter Johnny Vermilye, who performs professionally as Johnny V, from 3-6 p.m. Jessi Virtusio,, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of accordion


1830, in the meaning defined above


1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accordion


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)


derivative of accordion entry 1

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The first known use of accordion was in 1830

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12 May 2022

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“Accordion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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