Definition of harper in English:



  • A musician, especially a folk musician, who plays a harp.

    ‘traditional Irish harpers’
    • ‘True to the tradition of real Irish music, we would be standing around a fire listening to a harper or singing in gaelic.’
    • ‘This is a comparatively extrovert third album from the talented and technically advanced young Scots harper and pianist, now sojourning in Barcelona and soaking up even more musical influences.’
    • ‘Ó Cearbhalláin enjoyed the social status traditionally accorded to the harper in Gaelic society, but was on equally familiar terms with patrons of native and planter stock.’
    • ‘Irish harpers used their fingernails on the wire strings of their harps, again probably near the soundboard.’
    • ‘Music was a serious business in ancient Ireland, and professional harpers got all the top gigs.’