Definition of hornpipe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːnpʌɪp/


1A lively dance associated with sailors, typically performed by one person.
Example sentences
  • There were no dances exclusively for the lower school either - no hornpipe or Scottish country dances.
  • For example, the hornpipe must be danced between 112 and 116 [beats per minute].
  • Competitors danced the Highland fling, the sword dance, the sean triubhais, the Highland reel, the sailors' hornpipe, the Irish Jig and other dances, preferably to the music of the bagpipe.
1.1A piece of music for a hornpipe: the final movement is a breezy and witty hornpipe
More example sentences
  • He composed many reels and hornpipes so Paddy Mills music will always be alive.
  • The 17-track album features jigs, reels, songs, waltzes, hornpipes, polkas, a two step, slow air, highland fling and recitation.
  • In addition, there are stalwart slides, reels and hornpipes all played with enthusiasm and character.


Late Middle English (denoting a wind instrument made of horn, played to accompany dancing): from horn + pipe.

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