fife

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noun \ˈfīf\

Definition of fife

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

Origin and Etymology of fife

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


First Known Use: 1539


Fife

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geographical name \ˈfīf\

Definition of Fife

  1. administrative area E Scotland between Firths of Tay & Forth area 509 square miles (1319 square kilometers)

Variants of fife

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Fifeshire

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FIFE Defined for English Language Learners

fife

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noun \ˈfīf\

Definition of fife for English Language Learners

  • : a musical instrument that looks like a small flute


FIFE Defined for Kids

fife

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noun \ˈfīf\

Definition of fife for Students

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


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