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[strath-spey, strath-spey] /ˌstræθˈspeɪ, ˈstræθˌspeɪ/
a slow Scottish dance in quadruple meter.
the music for this dance.
Origin of strathspey
First recorded in 1645-55; after Strath Spey, the valley of the river Spey in Scotland Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for strathspey
Historical Examples
  • We cannot have a bag-pipe just now, but I shall sing you a strathspey reel.'

  • Many years ago there dwelt in strathspey a midwife of great repute.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • They have yet to see the Macphail lead the strathspey with his betrothed.

    The Cabinet Minister Arthur Pinero
  • The strathspey is a slow and grandiose modification of the Reel.

  • In the north, Andrew of Moray headed a rising in strathspey.

  • Something of the lilt of a Scotch strathspey to 't, shouldn't you say?

    Wide Courses

    James Brendan Connolly
  • It is scarcely necessary to add that the Huddersfield manufacturer never called it strathspey House.

    Rich Relatives Compton Mackenzie
  • In the end cleanliness defeated godliness—for punctuality was the god of strathspey House—and she proposed a bath.

    Rich Relatives Compton Mackenzie
  • When they got back to strathspey House it was obvious that something unpleasant had occurred during their absence.

    Rich Relatives Compton Mackenzie
  • For this purpose the strathspey lads got an old creel to put him in and some straw to light under it.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
British Dictionary definitions for strathspey


a Scottish dance with gliding steps, slower than a reel
a piece of music in four-four time composed for this dance
Word Origin
after Strathspey valley of the rived Spey
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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