- 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 of recorderME < recorden, to sing, warble: see record any of a group of wind instruments, with eight finger holes and a fipple in a straight tube with the mouthpiece at one end
Origin of recorderMiddle English from Anglo-French recordour
- One, such as a tape recorder, that makes recordings or records.
- Law a. A public officer in charge of the records of instruments required to be registered, such as deeds.b. A judge who has criminal jurisdiction in a city.
- Music A flute with eight finger holes and a whistlelike mouthpiece.
Origin of recorderSense 3, probably from record to practice a tune, warble
- (music) A musical instrument of the woodwind family, fipple flute.
From Middle English, from record (“to practice (music)")