accordion
I. noun Etymology: German Akkordion, from Akkord chord, from French accord, from Old French acord Date: 1831 a portable keyboard wind instrument in which the wind is forced past free reeds by means of a hand-operated bellows • accordionist noun II. adjective Date: 1884 folding or creased or hinged to fold like an accordion <
an accordion pleat
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<
an accordion door
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • accordion — [ə kôr′dē ən] n. [Ger akkordion < akkord, harmony (prob. < It accordare, to be in tune: see ACCORD) + ion as in ORCHESTRION] a musical instrument with keys, metal reeds, and a bellows: it is played by alternately pulling out and pressing… …   English World dictionary

  • Accordion — Ac*cor di*on, n. [See {Accord}.] (Mus.) A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind upon free metallic reeds. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Accordion — (Hand od. Ziehharmonica), 1829 von Damian in Wien erfundenes Instrument in der Form eines 4eckigen Kastens mit Blasebalg u. Claviatur, von 5, 10, 20 u. mehr Tasten, das beim Spielen in beiden Händen gehalten wird. Durch Ausziehen u.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Accordion — Accordion, die Handharmonika, von dem Wiener Damian 1829 erfunden; in ihrer einfachsten Gestalt hörte man sie einige Zeit lang in allen Straßen …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • accordion — (n.) 1831, from Ger. Akkordion, from Akkord musical chord, concord of sounds, be in tune (Cf. It. accordare to attune an instrument ); ultimately from same source as English ACCORD (Cf. accord) (v.), with suffix on analogy of clarion, etc.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • accordion — [n] musical instrument concertina, groanbox*, melodeon, squeezebox*, stomach Steinway*, windbox*; concepts 463,499 …   New thesaurus

  • accordion — ► NOUN ▪ a musical instrument played by stretching and squeezing with the hands to work a bellows, the melody and chords being sounded by buttons or keys. DERIVATIVES accordionist noun. ORIGIN from Italian accordare to tune …   English terms dictionary

  • Accordion — Infobox Instrument name=Accordion names=Accordeon (Danish, for free bass models), Akkordeon (German), Accordéon (French), Bajan (Russian), Fisarmonica (Italian), Harmonijka (Polish), Harmonika (Danish (for standard bass modelsDyremose, Jeanette… …   Wikipedia

  • accordion — /euh kawr dee euhn/, n. Music. 1. Also called piano accordion. a portable wind instrument having a large bellows for forcing air through small metal reeds, a keyboard for the right hand, and buttons for sounding single bass notes or chords for… …   Universalium

  • Accordion — Vorlage:Infobox Musikinstrument/Wartung/Parameter Tonumfang fehltVorlage:Infobox Musikinstrument/Wartung/Parameter Klangbeispiel fehlt Akkordeon engl.: Accordion, ital.: Fisarmonica …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • accordion — /əˈkɔdiən / (say uh kawdeeuhn) noun 1. a portable wind instrument with bellows and button like keys sounded by means of metallic reeds. 2. a piano accordion. –adjective 3. having folds like the bellows of an accordion: accordion pleats; accordion …   Australian English dictionary

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