[ myoo-zet ]
/ myuˈzɛt /


Also called musette bag. a small leather or canvas bag with a shoulder strap, used for carrying personal belongings, food, etc., while hiking, marching, or the like.
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.
a woodwind instrument similar to but smaller than a shawm.
a short musical piece with a drone bass, often forming the middle section of a gavotte.

Origin of musette

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to muse bagpipe (derivative of muser to play the bagpipe < Latin mussāre to hum; see muse) + -ette- -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for musette bag (1 of 2)

musette bag


US an army officer's haversack

British Dictionary definitions for musette bag (2 of 2)

/ (mjuːˈzɛt, French myzɛt) /


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

Word Origin for musette

C14: from Old French, diminutive of muse bagpipe
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