or ban·do·ne·ón

  1. a small, square concertina or accordion with buttons instead of a keyboard, used especially in Latin America for tango music.

Origin of bandoneon

1930–35; < Spanish < German Bandonion, Bandoneon, named after Heinrich Band (1821–1860), German inventor + alteration of German (Akkord)ion accordion
Related formsban·do·ne·o·nist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for bandoneon


  1. a type of square concertina, esp used in Argentina

Word Origin for bandoneon

C20: from Spanish, from German Bandonion, from Heinrich Band, its inventor
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