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 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 Jeannie Nguyen’s home is full of precious, expensive things, all of them rooted in dirt: the spidery tendrils of a philodendron tortum, the scaly leaves of a piper parmatum. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The Princess, the Plantfluencers, and the Pink Congo Scam," 19 Feb. 2020 The nonprofit is led by David Hegarty, association board president and head piper, who has played the mighty Wurlizter in this cathedral of film since 1978. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Hermes’ unveils its West Coast flagship in S.F.," 20 Nov. 2019 When the town refuses to pay him for his services, the piper plays another tune to hypnotize the children and lead them out of the town, never to be seen again. Devi Lockwood, New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Lotte Reiniger, Animator Who Created Magic With Scissors and Paper," 18 Oct. 2019 It’s time to pay the piper and pay tax on the distributions. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner, Cincinnati.com, "Simply Money: Healthcare options for an early retirement," 5 Nov. 2019 All along, the pied piper of the Ukraine narrative was Giuliani. Simon Shuster/kiev, Time, "How Trump's Obsession With a Conspiracy Theory Led to the Impeachment Crisis," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of piper

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 May 2020

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“Piper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piper. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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