Origin of concertina

apparently coined by the original instrument's inventor, English instrument-maker Charles Wheatstone (1802–75), who patented it in 1829; cf. concertino, seraphina a similar instrument


con·cer·ti·nist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for concertina

/ (ˌkɒnsəˈtiːnə) /


a small hexagonal musical instrument of the reed organ family in which metallic reeds are vibrated by air from a set of bellows operated by the player's hands. Notes are produced by pressing buttons

verb -nas, -naing or -naed

(intr) to collapse or fold up like a concertina

Derived forms of concertina

concertinist, noun

Word Origin for concertina

C19: concert + -ina
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