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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kawr-dee-uh n]
    • /əˈkɔr di ən/
    • /əˈkɔː.di.ən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kawr-dee-uh n]
    • /əˈkɔr di ən/

Definitions of accordion word

  • countable noun accordion An accordion is a musical instrument in the shape of a fairly large box which you hold in your hands. You play the accordion by pressing keys or buttons on either side while moving the two sides together and apart. Accordions are used especially to play traditional popular music. 3
  • noun accordion a portable box-shaped instrument of the reed organ family, consisting of metallic reeds that are made to vibrate by air from a set of bellows controlled by the player's hands. Notes are produced by means of studlike keys 3
  • noun accordion a musical instrument with keys, metal reeds, and a bellows: it is played by alternately pulling out and pressing together the bellows to force air through the reeds, which are opened by fingering the keys 3
  • adjective accordion having folds, or folding, like the bellows of an accordion 3
  • noun accordion 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 the left hand. 1
  • noun accordion a similar instrument having single-note buttons instead of a keyboard. 1

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Origin of accordion

First appearance:

before 1831
One of the 36% newest English words
1831; < German, now spelling Akkordion, Akkordeon name under which the instrument was patented in Vienna in 1829; probably < French accord(er) or Italian accord(are) to harmonize (see accord) + French -ion -ion, as in German Orchestrion orchestrion

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Parts of speech for Accordion


accordion popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for accordion

noun accordion

  • concertina — A concertina is a musical instrument consisting of two end pieces with stiff paper or cloth that folds up between them. You play the concertina by pressing the buttons on the end pieces while moving them together and apart.
  • melodeon — a small reed organ.
  • squeezebox — a concertina or accordion.
  • piano accordion — accordion (def 1).

adjective accordion

  • folded — Simple past tense and past participle of fold.
  • plicate — Also, plicated. folded like a fan; pleated.

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