re·​cord·​er ri-ˈkȯr-dər How to pronounce recorder (audio)
: the chief judicial magistrate of some British cities and boroughs
: a municipal judge with criminal jurisdiction of first instance and sometimes limited civil jurisdiction
: one that records
: any of a group of wind instruments ranging from soprano to bass that are characterized by a conical tube, a whistle mouthpiece, and eight finger holes

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Get an audience and then record the workshop with an MP3 recorder or on Zoom. Henry Devries, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2023 Varvel was the chief deputy when Fontes served as county recorder. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 2 Dec. 2022 Joan Lopez, the clerk and recorder in charge of elections in Arapahoe County, Colo., is still receiving violent threats connected to the 2020 election two years later. Time, 4 Nov. 2022 In 2018, Strabone ran unsuccessfully to be San Diego County’s assessor, recorder and clerk. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Oct. 2022 Sweeney Bell is finishing her last term as county recorder in addition to running for clerk. The Indianapolis Star, 30 Aug. 2022 Toward the end of her life, Ms. Piñon began to dictate her work into a recorder. Ana Ionova, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2022 But neither plane was equipped with a flight-data recorder. Dallas News, 1 Dec. 2022 Tina Peters, a county recorder in Mesa County, Colorado, was indicted in May 2021 on charges associated with a security breach in her office. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of recorder was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Recorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​cord·​er ri-ˈkȯrd-ər How to pronounce recorder (audio)
: a person or device that records
: a musical instrument consisting of a usually wooden tube with finger holes and a whistle mouthpiece

Legal Definition


: a judge of a municipal court
: a public officer charged with making a record of writings or transactions (as conveyances)
a recorder of deeds
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