con·​cer·​ti·​na | \ ˌkän(t)-sər-ˈtē-nə How to pronounce concertina (audio) \

Definition of concertina

1 : a musical instrument of the accordion family

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Having multiple people on-ship provides more hands to drop anchor on a dime, navigate from the map room, man the cannons, look out from the crow’s nest, or even just play a concertina to pass the time. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Sea of Thieves makes a weak, meandering first impression," 24 Mar. 2018 Now 78, O'Donnell is a concertina player, too, and fondly recalls playing with Concertina Millie. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's 'Concertina Millie' was a Polka Hall of Famer who started performing at age 16," 27 Sep. 2017 Millie met her husband while playing her concertina in a Milwaukee tavern right after World War II. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's 'Concertina Millie' was a Polka Hall of Famer who started performing at age 16," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of concertina

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concertina

probably from concert entry 1 + Italian -ina, diminutive suffix

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The first known use of concertina was in 1834

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English Language Learners Definition of concertina

: a musical instrument that resembles a small accordion and that is played by pressing the ends together


con·​cer·​ti·​na | \ ˌkän-sər-ˈtē-nə How to pronounce concertina (audio) \

Kids Definition of concertina

: a small musical instrument like an accordion

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