Definition of recorder noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɔːdə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrdər//
    Musical instruments
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  1. 1(in compounds) a machine for recording sound or pictures or both a tape/cassette/video/DVD recorder see also flight recorder
  2. 2a musical instrument in the shape of a pipe that you blow into, with holes that you cover with your fingers See related entries: Musical instruments
  3. 3a judge in a court in some parts of Britain and the US
  4. 4a person who keeps a record of events or facts In natural history the careful observer and recorder was very important in the advance of the science.
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a kind of judge): from Anglo-Norman French recordour, from Old French recorder ‘bring to remembrance’; partly reinforced by the verb record (also used in the obsolete sense ‘practise a tune’: see sense (2)).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: recorder