ac·​cor·​di·​on | \ ə-ˈkȯr-dē-ən How to pronounce accordion (audio) \

Definition of accordion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a portable keyboard wind instrument in which the wind is forced past free reeds by means of a hand-operated bellows



Definition of accordion (Entry 2 of 2)

: folding or creased or hinged to fold like an accordion an accordion pleat an accordion door

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accordionist \ ə-​ˈkȯr-​dē-​ə-​nist How to pronounce accordion (audio) \ noun

Examples of accordion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Georg Keller, front man and accordion player for the band, is married to an American woman and will be able to travel to El Cajon from their home in Germany. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 Here, the inimitably chic singer models Hedi Slimane’s latest hit handbag, the Tabou, a classic box silhouette calfskin bag with accordion-like side gussets and a gold-tone lock closure. Hee June Kim; Styling By Min Hee Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Sep. 2021 Although the traditional song structures of regional styles like norteño, banda, cumbia and mariachi remained intact, traditional instruments like the accordion and strings were jettisoned in favor of electric guitar and synths. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 The pull-apart effect is achieved by rolling the dough into a large rectangle and then dividing it into eight portions that are folded in half around the filling and lined up side by side like an accordion in the pan. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2021 His band, the Combo Show, wore casual tropical shirts, danced alongside him onstage, and featured conga drums, saxophones and keyboards as well as the traditional accordion, güira and tambora., 1 Aug. 2021 His band, the Combo Show, wore casual tropical shirts, danced alongside him onstage, and featured conga drums, saxophones and keyboards as well as the traditional accordion, güira and tambora. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 The bumpy tube of skin from the neck is folded on the skewer, accordion style, then grilled slowly and patiently. New York Times, 13 July 2021 Coffee people have a thing for beautiful brewers, and the elegant Origami Dripper cone is one of the prettiest with its crisp accordion-like folds and graceful taper. Ever Meister, Forbes, 7 July 2021

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First Known Use of accordion


1830, in the meaning defined above


1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accordion


borrowed from German Accordion (now Akkordeon), from Accord (now Akkord) "chord" (borrowed from French accord "chord, harmony, accord entry 2") + -ion (as in Melodion, an earlier keyboard instrument, from Melodie melody + -on, probably the Greek neuter noun ending)


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The first known use of accordion was in 1830

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“Accordion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of accordion

: a musical instrument that is shaped like a box and that is held in your hands and played by pulling its sides apart and then pushing them together while pressing buttons and keys


ac·​cor·​di·​on | \ ə-ˈkȯr-dē-ən How to pronounce accordion (audio) \

Kids Definition of accordion

: a portable keyboard musical instrument played by forcing air from a bellows past metal reeds

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