American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A portable wind instrument with a small keyboard and free metal reeds that sound when air is forced past them by pleated bellows operated by the player.
- adj. Having folds or bends like the bellows of an accordion: accordion pleats; accordion blinds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small keyed wind-instrument, opening and shutting like a bellows, and having its tones generated by the play of wind thus produced upon metallic reeds. It is constructed on the same principle as the concertina and the harmonium, but is much inferior to them.
- Resembling in its folds the bellows of an accordion: as, an accordion camera (one that is extensible), accordion skirts, etc.
- n. A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind from a squeezed bellows upon free metallic reeds.
- adj. Pleated, or folded like a bellows from an accordion.
- v. transitive, intransitive To fold up, in the manner of an accordion
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind upon free metallic reeds.
- n. a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player
- German Akkordion, from Akkord, chord, from French accord, harmony, from Old French acorder, to accord, from Medieval Latin accordāre, to bring into agreement; see accord. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The Hammer Museum will be showing a beautiful newly-restored print of the 1913 Feuillade FantÃ´mas serial Le Mort Qui Tue, with a live musical accompaniment by talented Mr. James Fearnley, whom you may better know as the accordion player in The Pogues.”
“A chord from the accordion was the signal for the final episode … the dancing.”
“The accordion was the prestige instrument of pop music, and had been ever since the Vontzim had led the Yiddish Invasion back when she was just a little girl.”
“By the tepid standards of the 1950s, the accordion was almost cool.”
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