Definition of uillean pipes in English:

uillean pipes

Line breaks: uil|lean pipes
Pronunciation: /ˈɪlɪn
, ˈɪlən/


  • Irish bagpipes played held on the knee using bellows worked by the elbow, and having three extra pipes on which chords can be played.
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    • At the forefront of the Irish traditional music scene, along with the likes of Altan and Sligo's own Dervish, this critically-acclaimed five-piece offer a unique blend of fiddle, flute, uillean pipes and guitar.
    • Maddy will be joined on stage by Nick Holland on keyboards and Troy Donockley on uillean pipes, guitar, cittern and whistle.
    • ‘Irish airs, the uillean pipes - music like that affects me physically,’ she said.


early 20th century: from Irish píob uilleann, literally 'pipe of the elbow'.

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