musette

noun
mu·​sette | \myu̇-ˈzet \

Definition of musette 

1 : a bellows-blown bagpipe popular in France in the 17th and 18th centuries

2 : a small knapsack also : a similar bag with one shoulder strap

called also musette bag

First Known Use of musette

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for musette

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

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