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 Fontes was targeted by pro-Bolding groups for missteps during his tenure as county recorder, portraying him as too rash and impulsive. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 2 Aug. 2022 According to a transcript of the cockpit voice recorder included in the report, both pilots were shaken by the take-off. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, 25 July 2022 In Porter County, Democrat Erik Wagner filed to run as recorder and will face incumbent Republican Chuck Harris. Alexandra Kukulka, Chicago Tribune, 6 July 2022 For Shabazz, the camera, in addition to its role as a recorder of images, was also a tool of investigation. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 The device that has been recovered -- identified as the voice recorder -- has been sent to a civil aviation institute in Beijing, according to the China’s Civil Aviation Administration. Benedikt Kammel,, 23 Mar. 2022 The two also spoke about someone in line to possibly become the Cook County recorder of deeds — an apparent reference to , a longtime Madigan loyalist and one of his top precinct workers. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 24 May 2022 Gabriela Cazares-Kelly, Pima County recorder, attended the rally as a supporter, not as a speaker. Julie Luchetta, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2022 The Democratic candidates hoping to succeed Hobbs include Adrian Fontes, the former Maricopa County recorder, and Arizona House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding. Terence Burlij, CNN, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of recorder

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

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8 Aug 2022

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“Recorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for recorder


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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