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

Definition of piper

: one that plays on a pipe

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On Gold Beach, a lone piper played at Mulberry Harbor exactly 75 years after British forces came ashore. Washington Post, "The Latest: French prime minister calls for global peace," 7 June 2019 Upon completing their lap around the square, the pirates, pipers and hot rods, along with the spectators, move en masse the short distance to the Town Dock for the annual Blessing of the Fleet. Cathy Alter, Washington Post, "Connecticut’s last commercial seaport — Stonington — shines in Mystic’s shadow," 7 June 2019 At daybreak, a lone piper played in Mulberry Harbor, exactly 75 years after British troops came ashore at Gold Beach. John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, "D-Day 75: Nations honor surviving veterans and memory of fallen troops in ceremony above Normandy beaches," 6 June 2019 The rest of the industry has since fallen in behind the pied pipers of consolidation, jolted into action by the high cost of developing the electric and autonomous vehicles of the future. Charles Riley, CNN, "Fiat Chrysler lost Renault. It needs to find another partner fast," 6 June 2019 There’s a piper to the sovereign and a grand carver and a royal clock winder. William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 The Hungarian half-piper turned the sport on its head by attempting no tricks. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Johnny Weir's hair and I will star in next Winter Olympics," 24 Feb. 2018 As revenge, the piper played his music and bewitched all the town’s children to follow him out of the city where they were never seen again. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 Folk bands begin performing at noon, with pipers and Irish dancers adding to the lively atmosphere throughout the afternoon. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "St. Patrick's Day in Las Vegas brings corned-beef pizza, green doughnuts and fireworks," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of piper

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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