Definition of accordion in US English:

accordion

noun

  • 1A portable musical instrument with metal reeds blown by bellows, played by means of keys and buttons.

    as modifier ‘an accordion player’
    • ‘Over in the Marist Hall that evening a recital will take place at 8pm and the instruments involved are accordions, concertina and guitars and traditional singing.’
    • ‘All of these involved musical accompaniment, with fiddles, harmonicas, and later accordions.’
    • ‘We also want to bring in piano accordions into the band which at the moment is predominantly made up of button accordions.’
    • ‘The most impressive moment is the vaudeville-esque outro, fleshed out with seemingly decaying accordions.’
    • ‘Watching the world go by as you sit on a French-style ‘terrace’, sipping your café au lait, under an endless blue sky - you can almost hear the sound of the accordions playing.’
    • ‘A peat fire burns all day and locals sometimes turn up with their bagpipes, accordions or mouth organs!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Beautiful harmonies, including an ending Latin prayer, are bathed in a delicate blanket of accordions and Spanish guitars.’
    • ‘On some accordions separate banks of reeds with a variety of timbres may be brought into play by pressing tabs set above the manuals.’
    • ‘I'm all sampling strings and accordions, almost to where it brings up visions of a pastoral French landscape.’
    • ‘Saxophones, accordions, guitars, clarinets, double-bass, and percussion blend with an extensive electronic array of clicks, hiss, static, and sampled voices.’
    • ‘By mixing unashamed rock with Mexican music and throwing in accordions and honking saxophones, Los Lobos create a sound that endures.’
    • ‘Electric guitars, souped up accordions and samples of bagpipe music, the instruments were the only electrifying aspect of the assault to the senses.’
    • ‘MEXICAN FOLK music blares from a boom box, the sounds of accordions filtering up the stairs.’
    • ‘Next Thursday, the Sultans of Squeeze come to town with their collection of melodions, accordions and concertinas to perform music of all genres, from folk, to waltzes, to blues to rock ‘n’ roll.’
    • ‘Although the band started out playing dishpans, accordions, and glockenspiel, they eventually settled on a more traditional sound.’
    • ‘This is usually very enjoyable with many good singers bringing along their guitars and accordions for a good session.’
    • ‘Paintings and precious ornaments line the walls, pictures painted by his parents: a pride of lions, a stormy ocean scene, swords, a family bible, two accordions and a cello.’
    • ‘In his early years he also sold a variety of articles like accordions, concertinas and mouth-organs, costume accessories and straw hat polish - anything indeed which would turn an honest penny.’
    • ‘In the past, the band's predilection for exotic instrumentation would sometimes result in stray accordions or sleigh bells getting completely buried in an amorphous mash.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Folding like the bellows of an accordion.
      ‘an accordion pleat’
      • ‘Only the prototype for accordion garage doors, which form the entire facade on the south side, can be called a luxury item.’
      • ‘It looked like it was a single car that had no hood and two trunks, with an accordion design in the middle.’
      • ‘To save these pieces he folded the paper accordion style, and from that came the idea of making even sized rectangles one under the other on each pleat.’
      • ‘She was nervously folding the fabric of her shirt into accordion folds.’
      • ‘Use cloth napkins, fold them into accordion pleats and place them in the water glasses.’
      • ‘Repeated a few times, it has an accordion effect and adds several minutes to the journey.’
      • ‘The PV array blanket is folded in an accordion style before placement in a canister.’
      • ‘Cardboard strips can also be curved, folded in accordion fashion, and coiled for a wide variety of effects.’
      • ‘For example, to keep her papers in order, would she work best with a binder or an accordion file?’
      • ‘Fold one side one inch back and continue in an accordion fashion until you have one strip of tissue about one inch across.’
      • ‘You might even want to throw in some fancier accordion pleats or other folds to make your shapes come to life.’
      • ‘A recent solo exhibition at Mixed Greens featured two drawings in accordion books.’
      • ‘Purchase a plastic accordion folder and create tabs for each of the children you babysit.’
      • ‘These accordion style doors have the advantages of no tracks to trip over or keep clean.’
      • ‘Another format of Japanese books are accordion structures with a few variations.’
      • ‘No children defying their parents and pulling things off the shelves and no scary women with accordion folders full of coupons.’
      • ‘A white sporting jacket with a thick, accordion collar over a brown sweater and a white sailing shirt.’
      • ‘She demonstrates the accordion binding of Hiddenness by opening the book to stand on its own as a kind of folding canvas.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

accordion

/əˈkɔrdiən//əˈkôrdēən/