Definition of bagpipe in English:



also 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, and in varying forms across Europe and western Asia.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sound of bagpipes resounded as Castle Park played host to Scotland in Colchester.’
    • ‘As if in echo of national pride at his achievement, the magnificent sound of bagpipes swirled in honour of the Bulgarian champion.’
    • ‘We walked down the side isles of the auditorium, with the wonderful sound of bagpipes leading us in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even so, the trippy collage of machine guns, guitar riffs and bagpipes remains a gas.’
    • ‘A late starter, I got through Tune a Day in three weeks flat - it must have sounded like the bagpipes!’
    • ‘The traditional instruments are bagpipes, reed flutes, drums, and wind instruments.’
    • ‘Suddenly, they heard the sound of bagpipes, and some thought they were dreaming.’
    • ‘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 bagpipes, ‘squeezebox’ and fiddle were the main instruments and the band really got people in the mood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jean was helping gun down the last of the troops, when through the fog, came the uncanny and belting sound of bagpipes.’
    • ‘A peat fire burns all day and locals sometimes turn up with their bagpipes, accordions or mouth organs!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Weird warlocks and witches are dancing to the sound of the bagpipes, played by Old Nick, the devil.’
    • ‘They'd like a bagpipes player and can provide their own corsets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Disco balls, cowboys and bagpipes - is there something wrong with this picture?’