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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Examples of concertina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is why, when on March 22, as concertina rolls were strung across roads in Jammu & Kashmir’s capital Srinagar, and police vehicles issued stay-at-home orders, people effortlessly adhered. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, 26 Mar. 2020 Each Lad is a multi-instrumentalist, and the combined lineup includes fiddle, button accordion, tenor banjo, flute, whistle, guitar, bouzouki, Uilleann pipes, 5-string banjo, concertina, and bodhran. Luann Gibbs,, 10 Feb. 2020 During the meal, prizes were distributed to the winners of the day’s events, and the evening concluded with concertina and violin music and singing. Buddy Levy, Time, 23 Dec. 2019 Members of the band include Joe Lemeris, banjo; Bill Reveley, mandolin and fiddle; Marilyn Toback-Reveley, rhythm guitar; Joe Delillo, upright bass, and Tim St. Jean, mandolin, guitar, fiddle and concertina., 15 Nov. 2019 The white cloth, once freshly ironed, bears the trace of a concertina of folds. The Economist, 23 Oct. 2019 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, 24 Mar. 2018 Now 78, O'Donnell is a concertina player, too, and fondly recalls playing with Concertina Millie. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 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, 27 Sep. 2017 See More

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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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“Concertina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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