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
bagpiperplay \-ˌpī-pər\ noun
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Following the service, a police officer played the bagpipes as the casket was taken to a hearse.
Some have compared the sound to something like a human bagpipe.
Not only did supporters of the all-but-vanished pro-Brexit UKIP Party spilt their votes between Conservatives and Labour, but the once-robust Scottish nationalist movement died like the dirge of a bagpipe.
Fort Worth police officers and ROTC students opened the ceremony amid bagpipe music, with Zamarripa’s family, including his parents, in attendance.
Scottish schoolgirl Eilidh MacLeod loved music, from listening to Ariana Grande to playing the bagpipes with her band.
Palestinian Meeting In Bethlehem, Abbas is scheduled to greet Trump Tuesday with a bagpipe-playing color guard and assure him that his people want peace.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to greet Trump with a bagpipe-playing color guard and deliver assurances that his people want peace.
The wedding featured Scottish touches (bagpipes and haggis canapes) because Matthews' middle-class-but-rich family bought in 2008 a 10,000-acre Highlands estate near Loch Ness, complete with castle and a Scottish courtesy title.
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Did You Know?
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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BAGPIPE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bagpipe for English Language Learners
: 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
BAGPIPE Defined for Kids
Definition of bagpipe for Students
: 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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