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 bagpiper (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.

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Recent Examples on the Web There would have been his enormous family followed by hundreds of uniformed firefighters, members of a church congregation, bikers, pickup trucks and bagpipes. al, "The tragic life and death of a heroic and troubled Birmingham firefighter," 22 Apr. 2020 Every evening after watching his daughter Nicole, 28, leave for her night shift as an ICU nurse, retired firefighter Wayne Irwin and his younger daughter Heather tuck their bagpipes under their arms and head out themselves. Sandra Sobieraj Westfall,, "Meet the Father-Daughter Bagpipers Playing Nightly amid the Pandemic: 'Something to Smile About'," 16 Apr. 2020 The ceremonies will include a firing party on the bricks of the start/finish line, taps and bagpipes. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about officer Breann Leath's funeral," 15 Apr. 2020 The residents at the memory care have also had live entertainment, with a youth bagpipe group marching around the building Saturday. oregonlive, "Employee tests positive for coronavirus at Beaverton Alzheimer’s home," 27 Mar. 2020 Traditional police memorial services, including a helicopter flyover and bagpipes, will take place on the church grounds, outside. Madeline Mitchell,, "Springdale plans funeral Sunday for Officer Kaia Grant," 24 Mar. 2020 In Oberlin, the Welcome Nursing Home brought in a bagpipe musician on St. Patrick’s Day. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Visiting from afar: Families get creative to combat isolation from coronavirus among loved ones in nursing homes, assisted-living centers," 22 Mar. 2020 Windsor:Fort Range Fire Chief Mike West has turned to playing the bagpipe as a nightly rallying cry to ward off coronavirus blues. USA TODAY, "Bagpipe-blowing fire chief, Bruce Springsteen-Jon Bon Jovi benefit, chickens go to waste: News from around our 50 states," 15 Apr. 2020 In our street a piper struck up, the bagpipes providing a spine-tingling background to the moving sound of people expressing their gratitude. Alexander Mccall Smith, Los Angeles Times, "What Alexander McCall Smith is reading, hearing and watching in quarantine," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bagpipe

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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2 May 2020

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“Bagpipe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bagpipe

: a musical instrument that is played especially in Scotland and that has a bag, a tube for blowing air into the bag, and pipes where the air leaves and makes sounds


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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