Definition of bagpipe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbaɡpʌɪp/


(also bagpipes)
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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, and in varying forms across Europe and western Asia.
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: /ˈbaɡpʌɪpə/
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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