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  1. Also called Fife·shire [fahyf-sheer, -sher] /ˈfaɪf ʃɪər, -ʃər/. a historic county in E Scotland.
  2. a region in E Scotland. 504 sq. mi. (1305 sq. km).
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Examples from the Web for fifeshire

Historical Examples

  • William Thomson was born in 1797, in the village of Kennoway, Fifeshire.

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume V.


  • In size and plan they are curiously like the mighty stone dovecotes of Fifeshire.

    The Western Front

    Muirhead Bone

  • But I did not feel only the city interesting, but the whole of Fifeshire.

  • Direct for me at Kirkaldy, Fifeshire, where I shall remain all the rest of the season.

  • On the 24th and 27th of January, he preached in Fifeshire, and at Borrowstoness, on the 29th.

British Dictionary definitions for fifeshire


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

Word Origin

C16: from Old High German pfīfa; see pipe 1


  1. 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)
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  1. DuncanSee Duncan Phyfe
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Word Origin and History for fifeshire



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.

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fifeshire in Culture


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

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