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

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Open up your accordion and find the fold that's closest to the middle. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Tissue Paper Flower Lollipops for Valentine's Day," 6 Feb. 2019 For eight years, DJ Kishka, aka Justin Gorski, and his accordion has welcomed nearly 40,000 people to the polka street party to celebrate the end of lent. Lisa Dejong,, "Cleveland Dyngus Day 2018 (photos)," 3 Apr. 2018 Think accordion-like structures and hardware reminiscent of old clock gears. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "This Shapeshifting Clock Changes Design As It Approaches Noon," 9 Jan. 2019 There are more than 100 models, including the first accordion made by Carl Petosa in 1922. The Seattle Times, "Secret Seattle: 10 hidden neighborhood hangouts," 15 Oct. 2018 The bandonéon, the accordion-like instrument most associated with tango, was invented by the German Heinrich Band to accompany religious music. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Bachathon makes an early appearance in a new venue this year | The Kansas City Star," 13 Apr. 2018 Guitar Center got its start in 1959 when former accordion and car salesman Wayne Mitchell bought the Organ Center, a small appliance and home-organ store in Hollywood. Jaclyn Cosgrove,, "Guitar Center looked ready for its swan song, but now the retailer is gearing up for an encore," 6 June 2018 The soon to be 70-year-old Walsh performed Monday night at a gala fundraiser with Vince Gill — who’s been touring with the Eagles — and Michael McDonald, on accordion no less. Leanne Italie, The Seattle Times, "Eagles’ Joe Walsh tells his addiction story at gala evening," 8 Oct. 2018 Photos of the wreckage show just how severe the crash was: The front of the car is totaled, folded in like an accordion. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Car with teens in trunk plunged into 180-foot ravine. One crawled back up to call 911, Utah cops say," 14 June 2018

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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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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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