/ rɪˈkɔːdə(r); NAmE -ˈkɔːrd-/ noun
(in compounds) a machine for recording sound or pictures or both :
a tape / cassette / video / DVD recorder
—see also flight recorder
a musical instrument in the shape of a pipe that you blow into, with holes that you cover with your fingers
a judge in a court in some parts of Britain and the US
a person who keeps a record of events or facts
late 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).