pitch pipe


: a small reed pipe or flue pipe producing one or more tones to establish the pitch in singing or in tuning an instrument

Examples of pitch pipe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then the woman pulls out a pitch pipe and blows a note. Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022 One member blew a single note on a pitch pipe, and with that one note, the chorus launched into four-part harmony singing Christmas classics. Carson Gerber, The Seattle Times, 24 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1685, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pitch pipe was in 1685

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“Pitch pipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitch%20pipe. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

pitch pipe

: a small pipe blown to establish the pitch in singing or in tuning an instrument
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