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

Examples of accordion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At La Reunion cafe, currents swept through the entryway and adjacent accordion doors, both stretched open on a beautiful morning. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "As Dallas crept toward normalcy, it was as if the world turned on again — almost," 2 May 2020 Keens-Douglas was on hand for the celebration, answering questions about her design, which was unbelievably comprised of 100% paper—there were folds, braids, roping, and an accordion-style halo that was meant to evoke the divine. Vogue, "Inside the Star-Studded Miami Dinner Hosted by Vogue and Samsung," 18 Dec. 2019 The idea is to speed up the grocery packing process by allowing the bags to hang from the grocery cart, accordion-file style. Ethan Millman,, "How one couple turned grocery bagging into a fast-growing business," 29 June 2018 Angelopoulos became accomplished on the accordion, guitar, piano, and other instruments. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "John Angelopoulos, Chanter for 51 years, dead due to coronavirus," 1 May 2020 The group brings to the stage a diverse array of instruments, including the accordion, fiddle, bodhran, and cittern, along with vocals and an element of dance. Grace Dickinson,, "5 Irish events in Philly to keep that St. Pat's spirit going," 4 Apr. 2018 The pool house is fully air-conditioned and accordion-style doors open to the pool. Dallas News, "Peek inside this Preston Hollow home with a French chateau feel and a two-level library," 28 Mar. 2020 Also, doesn’t Karl Hopfengarten have those two little nephews from Innsbruck who play accordion? Max Werner, The New Yorker, "Another Dinner Party, Another “Impromptu” von Trapp Family Concert," 3 Mar. 2020 Eat German foods and enjoy four stages of continuous entertainment with accordion music, scarecrow building, keg rolling and sauerkraut eating contests. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Septemberfest, Oktoberfest, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 15 Sep. 2019

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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)


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The first known use of accordion was in 1830

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Accordion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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


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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