pip·​er | \ ˈpī-pər \

Definition of piper

: one that plays on a pipe

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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 Finally, pipers from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will perform Scottish pieces from the Garter Tower as Eugenie and Jack set off on their carriage procession around Windsor. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Details About Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Have Just Been Released," 6 Oct. 2018 Two other great pipers, Willie Clancy and Seamus Ennis, were also major influences. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Liam O’Flynn, Master Irish Piper in a Folk Revival, Dies at 72," 28 Mar. 2018 Champions Pub, 2417 N. Bartlett Ave., puts up a heated tent and opens the door at 9 a.m. The bar will sell Irish stew, and the musical lineup includes surprise pipers and the Greater Milwaukee Fire and Police Pipes and Drums. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "14 ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, from street parties to green wings," 13 Mar. 2018 Brooks retweeted a tweet of the extreme shift the Astros put on against the Rangers’ Joey Gallo, the pied piper of launch angle, into which Gallo had grounded out. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: The Fear-Inducing Yankees, Examining MLB's Trends and Banning the Shift," 14 May 2018 An impromptu parade starts with a piper, two drummers and a young man with a blood-soaked, bandaged head holding a flag as tattered and forlorn as its carrier. Steve West, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Innocence lost, power found | Opinion," 8 May 2018 That creaky door in front of that creaky country-club sport of privilege had been pulled open, and this 20-year-old prodigy, this multiracial pied piper, had arrived to bring new people and new ideas to the first tee. Leigh Montville, WSJ, "‘Tiger Woods’ Review: A Phenom’s Rise and Fall," 26 Mar. 2018 For San Francisco Irish, March Madness encompasses a whole other meaning — one that’s rife with pipers, dinners, Ceili dances, speechifying, corned beef, music seisiúns, lunches, more speeches and Irish whiskey, natch. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF’s March Madness has a distinct Irish flavor," 20 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, ˈpip-ər \

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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