bag·​pipe | \ ˈbag-ˌpīp How to pronounce bagpipe (audio) \

Definition of bagpipe

: a wind instrument consisting of a reed melody pipe and from one to five drones with air supplied continuously either by a bag with valve-stopped mouth tube or by bellows often used in plural

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bagpiper \ ˈbag-​ˌpī-​pər How to pronounce bagpipe (audio) \ noun

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This is a wind instrument that consists of two or more single- or double-reed pipes. The reeds are vibrated by wind caused by arm pressure on a skin or cloth bag. The pipes are held in wooden sockets tied into the bag, which is inflated either by the mouth or by bellows strapped to the body. Melodies are played on the finger holes of the melody pipe, or chanter, while the remaining pipes, or drones, sound single notes. Bagpipes existed by c. 100 ce. The early bag was an animal bladder or a nearly whole sheepskin or goatskin. Bagpipes have always been folk instruments. An important related instrument is the Irish union (or uilleann) pipes.

Examples of bagpipe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the occasion, Jonathan donned a kilt and showed off his bagpipe skills on his Instagram Stories. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 16 June 2022 Porchfest is back, when musicians, actors, and entertainers spread out across the Milwaukie area and sing, dance, bagpipe, juggle or whatever. oregonlive, 13 July 2022 On graduation day, as the bagpipe players warmed up in the hallway of the Virginia G. Piper auditorium, Maya joined her classmates to prepare for their procession through downtown Phoenix., 22 May 2022 Survivors and guests made their way to the courthouse with the companionship of officers on motorcycles, bagpipe players and drummers. Amanda Rabines, Orlando Sentinel, 3 May 2022 The group currently has around 20 members on its roster, a mix of both bagpipe players and drummers. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 16 Mar. 2022 The event kicked off with a bagpipe performance and singing of the national anthem by students from Corktown's Most Holy Trinity School. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 11 Mar. 2022 Following the traditional bagpipe ceremony, Johanna Carrión, a conservationist and resident of the Galapagos Islands herself, raised her Champagne glass on one of the Zodiac boats as the godmother of the ship. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2022 Her grandfather, Jim O’Connell, was a bagpipe player for the Emerald Society. Jeff Vorva,, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bagpipe

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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bag·​pipe | \ ˈbag-ˌpīp How to pronounce bagpipe (audio) \

Kids Definition of bagpipe

: a musical instrument played especially in Scotland that consists of a tube, a bag for air, and pipes from which the sound comes

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