Nearby words

  1. concertato,
  2. concerted,
  3. concertedly,
  4. concertgebouw,
  5. concertgoer,
  6. concertina movement,
  7. concertina table,
  8. concertina wire,
  9. concertino,
  10. concertize

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

Related formscon·cer·ti·nist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsconcertinist, noun

Word Origin for concertina

C19: concert + -ina

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Word Origin and History for concertina



1835, from concert + fem. ending -ina. Portable musical instrument invented 1829 by Sir Charles Wheatstone. Concertina wire attested by 1917, so called from similarity to the musical instrument.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper