a high-pitched transverse flute used commonly in military and marching musical groups.
to play on a fife.
- fifer, noun
Other definitions for Fife (2 of 2)
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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How to use fife in a sentence
Scotland is where William and Kate's met at the University of St Andrews in fife.
“It would be a swell joke on tout-le-monde if you & fife & I spent the summer at Juan-les-Pins,” she wrote.
Never been happier in all my life / Since the day that I moved to fife.
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.
The whole episode contrasts markedly with the exploit of Bishop Sinclair in fife.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
As an example of how political conflicts ought to be carried on take the case of West fife.
In 1885 the club had their present vessel, the 'Ailsa,' 66 tons, built by fife of Fairlie; and who better could have been chosen?Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
A roll of a drum and the skirl of a fife came wafting across the valley on the April breeze.Private Peat | Harold R. Peat
His fife it was that inspired the weary Deerfield minute-men to press on to Boston to meet the British.The Old Furniture Book | N. Hudson Moore
British Dictionary definitions for fife (1 of 3)
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
- fifer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Fife (2 of 3)
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)
Duncan: See Duncan Phyfe
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Cultural definitions for fife
A small flute with a high, piercing tone, used mainly in military bands.
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