Definition of piper in English:

piper

Syllabification: pip·er
Pronunciation: /ˈpīpər
 
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noun

  • 1A bagpipe player.
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    • AS THE drone of the bagpipes settles into a pleasing skirl, the piper enters and a hush falls over the crowd.
    • The Piping Centre's founding director of piping is also one of the world's most accomplished solo pipers and a pipe major with the acclaimed ScottishPower Pipe Band.
    • Standing on a makeshift stage of whisky barrels, the six drummers, pipers and vocalists are a dishevelled-looking bunch: think Braveheart meets Mad Max.
  • 2A person who plays a pipe, especially an itinerant musician.
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    • MacDonald himself will play various pipes and flute, accompanied by seven other pipers and four backing musicians.
    • Three pipers, piping furiously, entered the gaming-space, followed by twelve young warriors in white cloaks and helmets decorated with the tail-feathers of the black eagle.
    • This is always quite a ceremony, with pipers piping and whisky flowing and famous faces popping up all over.

Phrases

pay the piper

Bear the consequences of an action or activity that one has enjoyed: we will have to pay the piper, and the price is apt to be a high one
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  • In the end, people who earn fixed incomes pay the piper for others to enjoy his music.
  • Tomorrow I pay the piper, I stay home minding what will undoubtedly be an itchy, crabby, ill child.
  • We are essentially borrowing from ourselves, but eventually we have to pay the piper through higher taxes.

Origin

Old English pīpere.

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