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

  • n. One, such as a tape recorder, that makes recordings or records.
  • n. Law A judge who has criminal jurisdiction in a city.
  • n. Music A flute with eight finger holes and a whistlelike mouthpiece.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An apparatus for recording; a device which records.
  • n. Agent noun of record; one who records.
  • n. A judge in a municipal court.
  • n. A simple internal duct flute
  • n. A woodwind musical instrument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who records; specifically, a person whose official duty it is to make a record of writings or transactions.
  • n. The title of the chief judical officer of some cities and boroughs; also, of the chief justice of an East Indian settlement. The Recorder of London is judge of the Lord Mayor's Court, and one of the commissioners of the Central Criminal Court.
  • n. A kind of wind instrument resembling the flageolet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who bears witness; a witness.
  • n. One who records; specifically, a person whose official duty is to register writings or transactions, as the keeper of the rolls of a city, or the like.
  • n. A judge having local criminal jurisdiction in a city or borough.
  • n. A musical instrument of the flageolet family, having a long tube with seven holes and a mouthpiece.
  • n. A registering apparatus; specifically, in telegraphy, a receiving instrument in which a permanent record of the signals is made.

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

  • n. a tubular wind instrument with 8 finger holes and a fipple mouthpiece
  • n. someone responsible for keeping records
  • n. equipment for making records
  • n. a barrister or solicitor who serves as part-time judge in towns or boroughs


Sense 3, probably from record, to practice a tune, warble.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman recordour, from Old French recordeor, from Medieval Latin recordātor, from Latin recordor ("call to mind, remember, recollect"), from re- ("back, again") + cor ("heart; mind"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from record ("to practice (music)") (Wiktionary)



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