Noun Accordion Definition and Examples







A 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.
  1. as modifier 'an accordion player'
  2. 'The most impressive moment is the vaudeville-esque outro, fleshed out with seemingly decaying accordions.'
  3. 'Saxophones, accordions, guitars, clarinets, double-bass, and percussion blend with an extensive electronic array of clicks, hiss, static, and sampled voices.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'Although the band started out playing dishpans, accordions, and glockenspiel, they eventually settled on a more traditional sound.'
  6. 'All of these involved musical accompaniment, with fiddles, harmonicas, and later accordions.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'We also want to bring in piano accordions into the band which at the moment is predominantly made up of button accordions.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'Electric guitars, souped up accordions and samples of bagpipe music, the instruments were the only electrifying aspect of the assault to the senses.'
  11. '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.'
  12. 'No children defying their parents and pulling things off the shelves and no scary women with accordion folders full of coupons.'
  13. 'You might even want to throw in some fancier accordion pleats or other folds to make your shapes come to life.'
  14. 'A white sporting jacket with a thick, accordion collar over a brown sweater and a white sailing shirt.'
  15. 'She demonstrates the accordion binding of Hiddenness by opening the book to stand on its own as a kind of folding canvas.'
  16. 'The PV array blanket is folded in an accordion style before placement in a canister.'
  17. 'Purchase a plastic accordion folder and create tabs for each of the children you babysit.'
  18. 'Use cloth napkins, fold them into accordion pleats and place them in the water glasses.'
  19. 'For example, to keep her papers in order, would she work best with a binder or an accordion file?'
  20. 'A recent solo exhibition at Mixed Greens featured two drawings in accordion books.'
((n.) A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind upon free metallic reeds.)

noun, 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 the left hand.

2. a similar instrument having single-note buttons instead of a keyboard. adjective

3. having a fold or folds like the bellows of an accordion: accordion roof; accordion panel. verb (used without object)

4. (of a door, roof, or other covering) to open by folding back or pressing together in the manner of an accordion: The roof of the car accordions to let in sunlight and fresh air.

5. to fold, crush together, or collapse in the manner of an accordion. verb (used with object)

6. to demolish by crushing together lengthwise: The impact accordioned the car beneath the truck.


"people can be accorded."
"accordions can be for years."
"accordions can be for loaves."
"accordions can be for interviewers."
"accordions can be as people/places/organizations."

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

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