- (RP) /əˈkɔ(ɹ).di.ˌən/
- (US) /ə.ˈkɔɹ.di.ən/
- A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tone are generated by play of the wind from a squeezed bellows upon free metallic reed.
- 1869, , Innocents Abroad: A disreputable accordion that had a leak somewhere and breathed louder than it squawked.
- , Devil’s Dictionary: Accordion: an instrument in harmony with the sentiments of an assassin.
- 1922, , Ulysses: An accordion underskirt of blue silk moirette.
- (transitive, intransitive) To fold up, in the manner of an accordion
- 2005, Cory Doctorow, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, , , http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/18224 , “It accordioned down and he tugged the shirt around it so that it came free…. ”