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



BrE BrE//ˈhɔːnpaɪp//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɔːrnpaɪp//
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a fast dance for one person, traditionally performed by sailors; the music for the dance Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a wind instrument made of horn, played to accompany dancing): from horn + pipe.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hornpipe