a musical instrument similar to an accordion but smaller and with buttons instead of a keyboard
Origin of concertinaconcert + -ina: coined (1829) by Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-75), Eng physicist
A small instrument with bellows like an accordion but with buttons in place of keys.
Origin of concertinaconcert + Italian -ina, feminine diminutive suff.
- (music) A musical instrument, like the various accordions, that is a member of the free-reed family of musical instruments, typically having buttons on both ends.
- Something resembling a concertina, such as a folded book, a bus door or a set of picture frames that are folded together.
- Coiled barbed wire for use as an obstacle.
- A type of booklet label, consisting of up to 32 pages of booklet as an insert.
(third-person singular simple present concertinas, present participle concertinaing, simple past and past participle concertinaed)
- to become compressed into a shape reminiscent of a concertina
- The car concertinaed into the wall.
- to be drawn closer and farther apart repeatedly, or up and down, as if situated on a working concertina's folds