- the drone pipe of a bagpipe.
- the drone string of a stringed instrument.
a low-pitched tone; bass.
a pipe organ stop of very low pitch.
the bell in a carillon having the lowest pitch.
Origin of bourdon
1350–1400; Middle English
< Middle French;
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Examples from the Web for bourdon
Historical Examples of bourdon
The dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ.
“Bourdon, arm all batteries and lock onto that Mancji ship,” I ordered.
He manages a canoe well, when himself; so go, Bourdon, while you can.
"Let me know the truth, at once, Chippewa," exclaimed le Bourdon.
At length le Bourdon paused, causing his companion to stop also.
British Dictionary definitions for bourdon
a 16-foot organ stop of the stopped diapason type
the drone of a bagpipe
a drone or pedal point in the bass of a harmonized melody
Word Origin for bourdon
C14: from Old French: drone (of a musical instrument), of imitative origin
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