hornpipe

noun
horn·​pipe | \ ˈhȯrn-ˌpīp How to pronounce hornpipe (audio) \

Definition of hornpipe

1 : a single-reed wind instrument consisting of a wooden or bone pipe with finger holes, a bell, and mouthpiece usually of horn
2 : a lively folk dance of the British Isles originally accompanied by hornpipe playing

Examples of hornpipe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Hell’s Kitchen on Manhattan’s West Side, kids are indeed learning to play the bagpipes—wheezing their way through traditional marches, jigs and hornpipes. Anne Kadet, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2018 The audience may hear jigs, waltzes, mazurkas, reels, hornpipes and more. Courant Community, 29 May 2018 The trumpets and horns, facing off on opposite sides of the ensemble, created an energetic, pealing, antiphonal effect in the final hornpipe. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hornpipe

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hornpipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hornpipe. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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