Definition of strathspey in English:

strathspey

Syllabification: strath·spey
Pronunciation: /straTHˈspā
 
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noun

  • 1A slow Scottish dance.
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    • As a young officer in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, he became adept at reels, strathspeys and sword dances.
    • Examples are too numerous to mention, but from reels to strathspeys, fast or slow, he always convinces.
    • Six men opened the suite with the McKenzie of Seaforth strathspey, requiring the alternate beating of the calves by feet shod in ghillies and the arms en haut.
  • 1.1A piece of music for a strathspey dance, typically in four-four time.
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    • So the sound of Gaelic songs and marches, strathspeys and reels were a daily occurrence throughout my childhood.
    • Reels and jigs, marches and waltzes, strathspeys, airs and hornpipes flow once the guests are lubricated with a drop of the hard stuff.
    • When I was there the fiddler was a septuagenarian named John MacDougal, who sat straight up in a plain chair and rasped out jigs, reels, strathspeys and airs with solemnity worthy of a judge.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Strathspey, the name of the valley of the Spey River in Scotland.

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