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musette

[ myoo-zet ]

noun

  1. Also called mu·sette bag. a small leather or canvas bag with a shoulder strap, used for carrying personal belongings, food, etc., while hiking, marching, or the like.
  2. a French bagpipe of the 17th and early 18th centuries, with several chambers and drones, and with the wind supplied by a bellows rather than a blowpipe.
  3. a woodwind instrument similar to but smaller than a shawm.
  4. a short musical piece with a drone bass, often forming the middle section of a gavotte.


musette

/ mjuːˈzɛt; myzɛt /

noun

  1. a type of bagpipe with a bellows popular in France during the 17th and 18th centuries
  2. a dance, with a drone bass originally played by a musette


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Word History and Origins

Origin of musette1

First recorded in 1350–1400; musette def 1 was first recorded in 1920–25; Middle English, from Middle French, equivalent to muse “bagpipe” (derivative of muser “to play the bagpipe,” from Latin mussāre “to hum”) + -ette; muse, -ette
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Word History and Origins

Origin of musette1

C14: from Old French, diminutive of muse bagpipe
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Example Sentences

A small French musette of ivory, with silver keys, having belonged to the painter Vanloo.

But the next season found me anxious to renew the adventure, to again enjoy the pleasures of the bal musette.

He soaked these in oil and stowed them in a musette bag which he snapped to the D-rings of the pack.

First off, I wouldn't answer the phone; but Musette stood by me with it in her hand and just made me.

No sooner had Ma and me ate breakfast next morning than in came Musette and says there are two gentlemen outside wants to see me.

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