hornpipe

[hawrn-pahyp]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. horney, karen,
  2. hornfels,
  3. hornie,
  4. horning,
  5. hornito,
  6. hornpout,
  7. horns and halo effect,
  8. horns of a dilemma, on the,
  9. hornsby,
  10. hornsby, rogers

Origin of hornpipe

1350–1400; Middle English. See horn, pipe1

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British Dictionary definitions for hornpipe

hornpipe

noun

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

hornpipe

n.

c.1400, hornepype, "musical instrument with bell and mouthpiece made of horn," from horn (n.) + pipe (n.1). Later (late 15c.) "dance associated with sailors" (originally performed to music from such an instrument).

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