recorder

noun re·cord·er \ ri-ˈkȯr-dər \

Definition of recorder

1 a :the chief judicial magistrate of some British cities and boroughs
b :a municipal judge with criminal jurisdiction of first instance and sometimes limited civil jurisdiction
2 :one that records
3 :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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First Known Use of recorder

15th century



RECORDER Defined for English Language Learners

recorder

noun

Definition of recorder for English Language Learners

  • : a device that records sounds or images or both so that they can be heard or seen again

  • : a musical instrument that is shaped like a tube with holes and that is played by blowing into the top of the tube

  • : a judge in some courts of law


RECORDER Defined for Kids

recorder

noun re·cord·er \ ri-ˈkȯr-dər \

Definition of recorder for Students

1 :a person or device that records
  • a digital video recorder
2 :a musical instrument like a long hollow whistle with eight holes for the fingers

Law Dictionary

recorder

noun re·cord·er

legal Definition of recorder

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


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