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



BrE BrE//faɪf//
; NAmE NAmE//faɪf//
Musical instruments
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a musical instrument like a small flute that plays high notes and is used with drums in military music See related entries: Musical instruments Word Originmid 16th cent.: from German Pfeife ‘pipe’, or from French fifre from Swiss German Pfifer ‘piper’.

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