fife

noun \ ˈfīf \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of fife

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

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Origin and Etymology of fife

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


Fife

geographical name \ ˈfīf \
variants: or Fifeshire play \-ˌshir, -shər\

Definition of Fife

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

FIFE Defined for English Language Learners

fife

noun

Definition of fife for English Language Learners

  • : a musical instrument that looks like a small flute


FIFE Defined for Kids

fife

noun \ ˈfīf \

Definition of fife for Students

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


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