\ ˈfīf How to pronounce fife (audio) \

Definition of fife

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small transverse flute with six to eight finger holes and usually no keys


geographical name
\ ˈfīf How to pronounce Fife (audio) \
variants: or Fifeshire \ ˈfīf-​ˌshir How to pronounce Fifeshire (audio) , -​shər \

Definition of Fife (Entry 2 of 2)

administrative area of eastern Scotland between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth area 509 square miles (1319 square kilometers), population 365,198

Examples of fife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For an unmarked fife like yours, an auction sale might return $100-$150. oregonlive, "Among these antiques, midcentury modern trumps Civil War: Today’s Collectibles," 3 Jan. 2020 The event includes marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more. Washington Post, "Here’s how to navigate the July 4th festivities— and protests," 2 July 2019 What mattered in early warswas the cavalry marching through deep muck, the fife & drums, stern ravens, words called out across small, stagnant ponds. Christopher Salerno, The New Republic, "The Reenactment," 26 Dec. 2019 Beginning at noon, the Colchester Continentals participated in a parade and muster with other fife and drums corps from around the state. Melanie Savage,, "Colchester Lions Host Craft Show And Muster," 7 Aug. 2019 His wooden flutes, fifes and whistles are still being played by fifers and folk musicians around the world., "Ralph G. Sweet Jr.," 21 June 2019 Marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more. Leada Gore |,, "‘Salute to America’ July 4th celebration in Washington, D.C.: Schedule, how to watch, livestream," 4 July 2019 The annual 4th of July celebration includes a joint concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band, a fife and drum parade and of course, a fireworks finale. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "13 places to watch fireworks in metro Detroit this 4th of July," 26 June 2019 Historic Fort Snelling: Annual Independence Day celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with cannon and musket salutes, military dress parades, and fife and drum music. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "Here is where to see fireworks and parades on the Fourth," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of fife


1539, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fife


German Pfeife pipe, fife, from Old High German pfīfa, from Vulgar Latin *pipa pipe — more at pipe

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“Fife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fife

: a musical instrument that looks like a small flute


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Kids Definition of fife

: a small musical instrument like a flute that produces a shrill sound

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