Definition of hornpipe in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːnpʌɪp


  • 1A lively dance associated with sailors, typically performed by one person.
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    • 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
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    • 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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