Definition of accordion in English:

accordion

Line breaks: ac¦cor|dion
Pronunciation: /əˈkɔːdɪən
 
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noun

1A musical instrument played by stretching and squeezing with the hands to work a central bellows that blows air over metal reeds, the melody and chords being sounded by buttons or keys: Compare with concertina. her five brothers and sisters were singing to the accompaniment of an accordion [as modifier]: an accordion player
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  • Saxophones, accordions, guitars, clarinets, double-bass, and percussion blend with an extensive electronic array of clicks, hiss, static, and sampled voices.
  • On some accordions separate banks of reeds with a variety of timbres may be brought into play by pressing tabs set above the manuals.
  • Stacked with pop aplenty, this album is fun and flighty, filled with accordions, trumpets, guitar, a sitar (sitars are cool!) and even a few MTV Unplugged performances.
1.1 [as modifier] Folding like the bellows of an accordion: an accordion pleat
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  • You might even want to throw in some fancier accordion pleats or other folds to make your shapes come to life.
  • Use cloth napkins, fold them into accordion pleats and place them in the water glasses.
  • Cardboard strips can also be curved, folded in accordion fashion, and coiled for a wide variety of effects.

Origin

mid 19th century: from German Akkordion, from Italian accordare 'to tune'.

Derivatives

accordionist

noun
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  • One of the ace accordionists visiting the festival was New York-based John Nolan, seven times All-Ireland Champion.
  • Fiddler Gerry Harrington and accordionist Eoghan O'Sullivan will bring their years of musical experience to bear on what promises to be a relaxed and very entertaining evening of traditional music.
  • To mark the occasion, talented local poet Eileen Sheehan will read from her first collection ‘Song of the Midnight Fox’ and music will be provided by accordionist Joe Crowley.

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