Definition of panpipes in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpanˌpīps/

plural noun

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A musical instrument made from a row of short pipes of varying length fixed together and played by blowing across the top.
Example sentences
  • The haunting sound of the large pan pipes, the melodious sound of the charango and the moving atmosphere created by the violin bring this diverse repertoire beautifully together.
  • But then all these mandolins come in, and weird warbly flutes and recorders that I guess are trying to emulate South American pan pipes.
  • There was a South American band busking, the type with the pan pipes, flutes and drums.


Originally associated with the Greek rural god Pan.

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Syllabification: pan·pipes

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