Definition of Pied Piper in English:

Pied Piper

Pronunciation /ˌpīd ˈpīpər/ /ˌpaɪd ˈpaɪpər/

proper noun

  • The hero of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a poem by Robert Browning (1842), based on an old German legend. The piper, dressed in particolored costume, rid the town of Hamelin (Hameln) in Brunswick of rats by enticing them away with his music, and when refused the promised payment he lured away the town's children in the same manner.


  • A person who entices people to follow them in a particular course of action.

    ‘Out on the streets in these impoverished areas east of the Tigris River, they are like Pied Pipers, leading a trail of dozens of children behind them within minutes of arriving in a neighborhood.’
    • ‘But before I get to genuflecting villagers, let me talk about my role as a Pied Piper.’
    • ‘No wonder a succession of diet experts have become the Pied Pipers of the modern age.’
    • ‘Where exactly is this Pied Piper leading us in the end?’
    • ‘Like a Pied Piper for pests, Su devised a simple method to get the termites to come out of hiding.’
    • ‘As a result, she has become a Pied Piper of sorts, on a crusade to encourage people to document their family histories.’
    • ‘I was invited to go to India by Nehru, who was a great lover of children, and he thought I was a kind of a Pied Piper of children in America.’
    • ‘They are famous for setting up their tents outside of small towns across Europe and drawing the local populations with a Pied Piper type parade.’
    • ‘And we need no false prophets here, or Pied Pipers with the wrong tunes; taking us to the wrong places.’
    • ‘‘In what could be described as a Pied Piper activity, the crowd followed the band and guard down the wharf,’ he said.’
    • ‘Set in a playground, it tells the story of a new pupil and a street salesman who arrive at school and although the salesman first seems to be selling just ice-creams, it is soon clear that this Pied Piper is selling habits that can ruin lives.’
    • ‘In a hot economy, and in the middle of a shooting war, just how many kiddies will follow this Pied Piper out of the city gates?’
    • ‘Most were hypnotized by the bewildering magician, as if he were a Pied Piper ready to lead them off to a better world.’
    • ‘Instead, like well-meaning Pied Pipers, we play our tunes hoping the children might follow us instead of the other guy taking them off the cliff.’
    • ‘Visitors to Avebury were treated to the unusual site on Sunday of a Pied Piper leading lots of mice around the village.’