pip·​er | \ ˈpī-pər How to pronounce piper (audio) \

Definition of piper

: one that plays on a pipe

Examples of piper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Opening Day on the Bay got under way Sunday as a Scottish piper blew mournfully. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yachting season opener makes a comeback, live and on the water," 25 Apr. 2021 Bo la lot brings back many memories for Pham, who loved the snack as a boy in Bac Lieu province in southern Vietnam, where piper lolot leaves (similar to betel leaves) grow in abundance. Washington Post, "Taste Vietnam through these 7 dishes at Eden Center, including banh mi, roast duck and skewers," 5 Apr. 2021 If the weather is inclement, one piper will perform indoors for a short while. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Guinness, kegs and eggs and St. Patrick’s Day specials at Connecticut restaurants," 6 Mar. 2021 The piper even knows his neighbors farther afield now, too. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "SF bagpiper says farewell to nightly pandemic serenades in the Castro amid adoring crowds," 7 July 2020 In our street a piper struck up, the bagpipes providing a spine-tingling background to the moving sound of people expressing their gratitude. Alexander Mccall Smith, Los Angeles Times, "What Alexander McCall Smith is reading, hearing and watching in quarantine," 9 Apr. 2020 The group consists of flutist and lead man Kevin Crawford, piper Cillian Vallely, fiddler Colin Farrell, Trevor Hutchinson on upright bass, and guitarist Patrick Doocey. BostonGlobe.com, "www.bcc-us.org/performance.html," 5 Dec. 2019 Pay the piper The retail shortages have been reflected in a sharp price markup on Switch sales from secondhand sources. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo Switch sells out at retail, leading to third-party price inflation," 30 Mar. 2020 Sara Szabo directs the dancers, and Bentley Wall is the piper. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Local residents are St. Patrick’s Day Parade honorees: A Place in the Sun," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of piper

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Piper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piper. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of piper

: a person who plays a pipe or the bagpipes


Pi·​per | \ ˈpī-pər How to pronounce Piper (audio) , ˈpip-ər How to pronounce Piper (audio) \

Medical Definition of Piper

: a very large genus (the type of the family Piperaceae) of tropical plants that comprise the true peppers, are mostly climbing jointed shrubs with pulpy fruit, and include the betel (P. betle), kava (P. methysticum), and matico (P. angustifolium) and the sources of cubebs (from P. cubeba) and black and white pepper (from P. nigrum)

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