recorder definition by Webster's New World
- a person who records; esp., an officer appointed or elected to keep records of deeds or other official papers
- in some cities, a judge who has the same criminal jurisdiction as a police judge
- a machine or device that records; esp., tape recorder
Origin: ME < recorden, to sing, warble: see recordany of a group of wind instruments, with eight finger holes and a fipple in a straight tube with the mouthpiece at one end
Origin: Middle English ; from Anglo-French recordour
recorder definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One, such as a tape recorder, that makes recordings or records.
- Law A judge who has criminal jurisdiction in a city.
- Music A flute with eight finger holes and a whistlelike mouthpiece.
Origin: Sense 3, probably from record, to practice a tune, warble.
recorder - Cultural Definition
A wooden flute played like a whistle. It was popular in the fourteenth through eighteenth centuries. Interest in it has been revived over the past few decades.