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bourdon Line breaks: bour|don
Pronunciation: /ˈbʊəd(ə)n/

Definition of bourdon in English:


A low-pitched stop in an organ or harmonium, typically a stopped diapason of 16-foot pitch.
Example sentences
  • These names have all been used denote a Bourdon pitched an octave lower, at 16' or 32'.
  • The scale for the Bourdon pipes is the same as the Soubasse pipes except two notes smaller.
  • Bourdons are stopped pipes, that are only half the length of an open pipe of the same pitch.


Middle English (in the sense 'drone of a bagpipe'): from Old French, 'drone', of imitative origin.

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