strath·​spey | \ ˌstrath-ˈspā How to pronounce strathspey (audio) \
plural strathspeys

Definition of strathspey

: a Scottish dance that is similar to but slower than the reel also : the music for this dance

Examples of strathspey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rather than restrict himself to reels, jigs, laments, strathspeys and other traditional bagpipe styles, Welch draws from classical, rock, avant-garde, Indonesian Gamelan music, minimalism, microtonality and more. George Varga,, "Fresh Sound series resumes 20th season Saturday with solo bagpiper Matt Welch," 12 Sep. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'strathspey.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of strathspey

1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strathspey

Strath Spey, district of Scotland

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about strathspey

Time Traveler for strathspey

Time Traveler

The first known use of strathspey was in 1776

See more words from the same year

Statistics for strathspey

Cite this Entry

“Strathspey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

Comments on strathspey

What made you want to look up strathspey? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!