Definition of bagpipe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbaɡpīp/


(usually bagpipes)
Image of bagpipe
A musical instrument with reed pipes that are sounded by the pressure of wind emitted from a bag squeezed by the player’s arm. Bagpipes are associated especially with Scotland, but are also used in folk music in Ireland, Northumberland, and France.
Example sentences
  • A late starter, I got through Tune a Day in three weeks flat - it must have sounded like the bagpipes!
  • A peat fire burns all day and locals sometimes turn up with their bagpipes, accordions or mouth organs!
  • Even so, the trippy collage of machine guns, guitar riffs and bagpipes remains a gas.



Pronunciation: /ˈbaɡˌpīpər/
Example sentences
  • The theatrical element of the show though never let up with various song and dance set pieces featuring trapeze artists, skateboarders, a tap dancer in top hat and tails, and even a dancing bagpiper.
  • She draws a klezmer band from Poland, a didgeridoo player from Australia, African dancers, and Scottish bagpipers, but the main competition comes from one family, all of whom have personal links to Her Ladyship.
  • South African dancers shimmied behind twirling American cheerleaders; pantomime dames cooled off in the shadow of giant stiltwalkers; and a New Orleans jazz band competed for people's ears with Scottish bagpipers from Oldham.

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Syllabification: bag·pipe

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