- an English folk clarinet having one ox horn concealing the reed and another forming the bell.
- a lively jiglike dance, originally to music played on a hornpipe, performed usually by one person, and traditionally a favorite of sailors.
- a piece of music for or in the style of such a dance.
Origin of hornpipe
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Examples from the Web for hornpipe
It's like saying your prayers to a hornpipe, thinking of her and carrying on with them wastrels.Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
In Britain, you have the hornpipe, a dance which is held an original of this country.A Treatise on the Art of Dancing
And if it will make your dinner agree with you, I will dance you a hornpipe into the bargain.My Ten Years' Imprisonment
Tom was talked about: biceps like thighs, now: a hornpipe danced on the hands.The Bill-Toppers
He intimated also to Jack that he must get up and go through his hornpipe again.Salt Water
W. H. G. Kingston
- an obsolete reed instrument with a mouthpiece made of horn
- an old British solo dance to a hornpipe accompaniment, traditionally performed by sailors
- a piece of music for such a dance
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Word Origin and History for hornpipe
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