- a high-pitched transverse flute used commonly in military and marching musical groups.
- to play on a fife.
Origin of fife
- Also called Fife·shire [fahyf-sheer, -sher] /ˈfaɪf ʃɪər, -ʃər/. a historic county in E Scotland.
- a region in E Scotland. 504 sq. mi. (1305 sq. km).
Related Words for fifeblare, hiss, sound, signal, whine, warble, pipe, toot, whiz, wheeze, blast, shriek, fife, trill, tootle, flute, skirl
Examples from the Web for fife
Contemporary Examples of fife
Scotland is where William and Kate's met at the University of St Andrews in Fife.William and Kate To Visit Scotland
May 16, 2014
“It would be a swell joke on tout-le-monde if you & Fife & I spent the summer at Juan-les-Pins,” she wrote.The Perils of Being a Hemingway Wife
February 23, 2014
Never been happier in all my life / Since the day that I moved to Fife.Kate and William's After-Dinner Entertainment
November 9, 2012
Fife, the dominant one, is so ashamed that he insults Bead whenever he gets the chance.
When Bead takes a bullet to the head and lies dying, he asks Fife to hold his hand.
Historical Examples of fife
Instead of the gong for dinner, let us hear a whistle from the Spartan fife.
We have a great many flutes and flageolets, but not often the sound of any fife.
There were brass bands, drum and fife bands, and bands of bagpipes.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
They might have been read to an accompaniment of fife and drums.An Orkney Maid
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
But is it not better than the simple drum and fife of a common training-day?
- a small high-pitched flute similar to the piccolo and usually having no keys, used esp in military bands
- to play (music) on a fife
Word Origin for fife
- 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)
- DuncanSee Duncan Phyfe
1550s, from German Pfeife "fife, pipe," from Old High German pfifa, or via Middle French fifre (15c.) from the same Old High German word; ultimately imitative. German musicians provided music for most European courts in those days. As a verb from 1590s. Agent noun fifer is recorded earlier (1530s). Fife and drum is from 1670s.
A small flute with a high, piercing tone, used mainly in military bands.