Definition of bagpipes noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbæɡpaɪps//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæɡpaɪps//
(also pipes) [plural] (North American English also bagpipe [singular]) Musical instruments
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a musical instrument played especially in Scotland. The player blows air into a bag held under the arm and then slowly forces the air out through pipes to produce a noise. The distant skirl of bagpipes was heard. Culture Similar instruments are played in many countries, including Ireland, but in Britain the bagpipes are mainly associated with Scotland. The sound they make is unusual, but their music is suitable both for dancing and for serious occasions such as funerals. A person who plays the bagpipes is called a piper See related entries: Musical instruments
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