mu·​sette myu̇-ˈzet How to pronounce musette (audio)
: a bellows-blown bagpipe popular in France in the 17th and 18th centuries
: a small knapsack
also : a similar bag with one shoulder strap

called also musette bag

Word History


Middle English, from Middle French, diminutive of muse bagpipe, from muser to muse, play the bagpipe

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of musette was in the 14th century

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“Musette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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