from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • adjective Having folds or bends like the bellows of an accordion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Resembling in its folds the bellows of an accordion: as, an accordion camera (one that is extensible), accordion skirts, etc.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mus.) A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind upon free metallic reeds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind from a squeezed bellows upon free metallic reeds.
  • adjective Pleated, or folded like a bellows from an accordion.
  • verb transitive, intransitive To fold up, in the manner of an accordion

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]



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  • An instrument that sounds surprisingly good in techno music. This must be experimented with more. Where are all my polkaravers?

    March 6, 2007

  • Ah, u, you know not what you say. I am a former accordionist, you see. (I've recovered.)

    March 6, 2007

  • Did you ever play trance? Makes all the difference in the world.

    March 6, 2007

  • I've played *in* a trance. But I guess that's different. ;-)

    March 6, 2007

  • If your audience didn't have glowsticks, it didn't count.

    March 6, 2007

  • One of my favorite bands has an accordion player. In fact the gentleman's rather famous among the fans for ruining his clothing during concerts, from sweating profusely and flinging himself all over the stage, falling onto his knees, playing while flat on his back, etc. Now *that's* playing an accordion!

    March 6, 2007

  • No glowsticks. Not that I noticed, anyway. Oh well....

    March 6, 2007

  • That *is* playing accordion, c_b. That's the spirit! Lady of Spain indeed. :-) And by the way, try to pick up one of TDA's black t-shirts emblazoned with a flaming accordion (and more flames up the sleeves). It's one of my favs.

    March 6, 2007

  • God, I hate the accordion!

    January 19, 2008

  • That makes me sad, SoG. It means you haven't heard good accordion music. Or buttonbox... or concertina...

    Of course, I'm not known among acquaintances for enjoying subtle music...

    January 19, 2008