Definition of accordion in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkɔːdɪən/


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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.



Pronunciation: /əˈkɔːdɪənɪst/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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