Definition of concertina in English:


Line breaks: con|cer|tina
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒnsəˈtiːnə


1A small musical instrument played by stretching and squeezing a central bellows between the hands to blow air over reeds, each note being sounded by a button. Compare with accordion.
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  • All varieties of accordion (including the concertina and the bandoneon) have been made in both double and single-action models.
  • Music workshops will be held in flute, fiddle, bodhrán, concertina and button accordion with highly talented musicians as tutors.
  • The instruments available are fiddles, flutes, banjos, concertinas, accordions, a melodeon and a practice set of uillean pipes.
1.1 [as modifier] Opening or closing in multiple folds: concertina doors
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  • The boot, with a 500-litre capacity, is a double-decker with a false floor, which can be folded, concertina style, to reveal a handy hideaway for valuable bits and pieces.
  • On a number of wards bathrooms were separated only by a small curtain or concertina door from the main ward.
  • Because we were in the open without any facilities around, the detainees were temporarily being held on a patch of desert closed off by concertina wire.

verb (concertinas, concertinaing, concertinaed /-nəd/ or concertina'd /-nə(r)ɪŋ/)

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Extend, compress, or collapse in folds like those of a concertina: the car had concertinaed against the rear of the truck
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  • My car was pushed from both ends - it has been concertinaed.
  • My car was concertinaed and the doors wouldn't open, so I wound the window down and jumped out while there were still cars skidding and coming to a standstill.
  • It has concertinaed the world without engendering the necessary respect, recognition and tolerance that must accompany it.


mid 19th century: from concert + -ina.

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