re·​cord·​er | \ ri-ˈkȯr-dər How to pronounce recorder (audio) \

Definition of recorder

1a : 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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Examples of recorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vote centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the registrar-recorder/county clerk’s office. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 He was appointed clerk-recorder in 2013 and won election to the office twice. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 July 2021 But the duo declined to produce any identification when asked, including anything verifying connection to the recorder’s office, Hoffman said. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, 16 June 2021 Funds for the contract, at $676,694.79, will come out of the recorder’s perpetuation fund, which is generated by fees received by the office. Amy Lavalley,, 19 May 2021 The captain of the Lomita Sheriff’s Station, James Powers, said that data was obtained from the vehicle’s event data recorder, known colloquially as the black box. Kevin Draper, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2021 Gabriel’s plus-one was Lou Reed, who brought a digital recorder to capture the set. Jordan Michelman, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2021 County supervisors holding meeting to refute election auditors' claims County recorder speaks out against Trump, 'insane lies' House Democrats moving to censure Rep. Paul Gosar Border apprehensions increased in April. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2021 In a Salt Lake City Council announcement on March 23, the Salt Lake City recorder’s office provided updates on the potential for Salt Lake City to hold a Ranked Choice Voting election in November. Marina Mcnairy, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of recorder

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

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“Recorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of recorder

: 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


re·​cord·​er | \ ri-ˈkȯr-dər How to pronounce recorder (audio) \

Kids Definition of recorder

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



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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