from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. To fold up, in the manner of an accordion
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind upon free metallic reeds.
from The 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.
- Resembling in its folds the bellows of an accordion: as, an accordion camera (one that is extensible), accordion skirts, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)