Definition of bagpipe in English:



usually bagpipes
  • A musical instrument with reed pipes that are sounded by the pressure of wind emitted from a bag squeezed by the player's arm. Bagpipes are associated especially with Scotland, but are also used in folk music in Ireland, Northumberland, and France.

    ‘A late starter, I got through Tune a Day in three weeks flat - it must have sounded like the bagpipes!’
    • ‘A peat fire burns all day and locals sometimes turn up with their bagpipes, accordions or mouth organs!’
    • ‘Even so, the trippy collage of machine guns, guitar riffs and bagpipes remains a gas.’
    • ‘Molly's Revenge, composed of four brilliant and accomplished musicians playing the guitar, mandolin, bagpipe, piccolo and violin, will bring their highly original sound to the stage.’
    • ‘He smiles at a mention of the ring-tone, explaining how much he loves Scotland and how the sound of bagpipes makes the hairs on his arms and his neck stand on end.’
    • ‘The sound of bagpipes resounded as Castle Park played host to Scotland in Colchester.’
    • ‘The traditional instruments are bagpipes, reed flutes, drums, and wind instruments.’
    • ‘The bagpipes, ‘squeezebox’ and fiddle were the main instruments and the band really got people in the mood.’
    • ‘The sound of bagpipes, steel drums and the Beatles filled the air as 18 colourful floats and walking groups wound their way through the streets.’
    • ‘Jean was helping gun down the last of the troops, when through the fog, came the uncanny and belting sound of bagpipes.’
    • ‘As if in echo of national pride at his achievement, the magnificent sound of bagpipes swirled in honour of the Bulgarian champion.’
    • ‘I see you wake up to the sound of bagpipes at six a.m., pet show dogs at noon, and cough up Scotch eggs and mini donuts at five.’
    • ‘There might have been an absence of Scots of the pitch but there were obviously some in the stands because the sound of bagpipes echoed around Jade Stadium.’
    • ‘The vine-growers draw the cart and, accompanied by the sounds of bagpipes and a drum, they make their way to the village or town.’
    • ‘Suddenly, they heard the sound of bagpipes, and some thought they were dreaming.’
    • ‘They'd like a bagpipes player and can provide their own corsets.’
    • ‘We walked down the side isles of the auditorium, with the wonderful sound of bagpipes leading us in.’
    • ‘Weird warlocks and witches are dancing to the sound of the bagpipes, played by Old Nick, the devil.’
    • ‘To add to the fun, he chucks in tapes sourced from recordings of street fairs, demonstrations, his own kids singing and even a spot of bagpipes.’
    • ‘Disco balls, cowboys and bagpipes - is there something wrong with this picture?’



/ˈbaɡˌpīp/ /ˈbæɡˌpaɪp/