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strathspey

Syllabification: strath·spey
Pronunciation: /straTHˈspā
 
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Definition of strathspey in English:

noun

1A slow Scottish dance.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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