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 The Ancient Order of Hibernians will march the keg to O'Sheas Irish Pub with a piper escort to continue the festivities. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 9 Mar. 2022 On Thursday, there should be the full complement of six buglers again, backed up by a piper, a choir, a band and several hundred invitees and poppy promenade walkers. Raf Casert, USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2021 And this deadline to pay the piper could come quickly – some plan policies dictate outstanding balances must be repaid immediately upon departure. Amy Wagner And Steve Sprovach, The Enquirer, 10 Nov. 2021 The crowd stood when Gee’s family entered, led by a bag piper. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Sep. 2021 Phoebe Philo, that pied-piper of luxe minimalism, is back with her own label after a three-year hiatus. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 12 July 2021 Invest in a compliance layer now or pay the piper later. Michael P. Regan, Fortune, 6 July 2021 You may be forced to pay the piper during that time, as well as in November, when excuses or sloppiness will not be tolerated by those in authority. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 29 June 2021 Opening Day on the Bay got under way Sunday as a Scottish piper blew mournfully. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Apr. 2021 See More

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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 21 May. 2022.

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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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