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fife

[ fahyf ]
/ faɪf /
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noun
a high-pitched transverse flute used commonly in military and marching musical groups.
verb (used with or without object), fifed, fif·ing.
to play on a fife.
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Origin of fife

1540–50; <German Pfeifepipe1

OTHER WORDS FROM fife

fifer, noun

Other definitions for fife (2 of 2)

Fife
[ fahyf ]
/ faɪf /

noun
Also called Fife·shire [fahyf-sheer, -sher]. /ˈfaɪf ʃɪər, -ʃər/. a historic county in E Scotland.
a region in E Scotland. 504 sq. mi. (1,305 sq. km).
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British Dictionary definitions for fife (1 of 3)

fife
/ (faɪf) /

noun
a small high-pitched flute similar to the piccolo and usually having no keys, used esp in military bands
verb
to play (music) on a fife

Derived forms of fife

fifer, noun

Word Origin for fife

C16: from Old High German pfīfa; see pipe 1

British Dictionary definitions for fife (2 of 3)

Fife1
/ (faɪf) /

noun
a council area and historical county of E central Scotland, bordering on the North Sea between the Firths of Tay and Forth: coastal lowlands in the north and east, with several ranges of hills; mainly agricultural. Administrative centre: Glenrothes. Pop: 352 040 (2003 est). Area: 1323 sq km (511 sq miles)

British Dictionary definitions for fife (3 of 3)

Fife2
/ (faɪf) /

noun
DuncanSee Duncan Phyfe
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Cultural definitions for fife

fife

A small flute with a high, piercing tone, used mainly in military bands.

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