or Pan's pipes, pan·pipes

  1. a primitive wind instrument consisting of a series of hollow pipes of graduated length, the tones being produced by blowing across the upper ends.

Origin of panpipe

First recorded in 1810–20; Pan + pipe1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for panpipes

harmonica, harp, harmonicon, kazoo, panpipe

Examples from the Web for panpipes

Historical Examples of panpipes

  • The argument spread, like a ripple in a pool; soon everybody was twittering vocally or blowing on flutes and Panpipes.


    H. Beam Piper

  • I was "strung up" to a high degree of expectation and listened every moment to hear the panpipes and the Roo-too-too-it.

    A Thin Ghost and Others

    M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James

  • Fortunately fond of music, so easily pacified them by playing selection from "Tannhuser," arranged for drum and panpipes by Liszt.

  • Give me the drain pipes of the Fabians rather than the panpipes of the later poets; the drain pipes have a nicer smell.

  • There followed a deafening pealing of panpipes, drumming of drum, and yelling of voices.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

British Dictionary definitions for panpipes


pl n
  1. (often singular; often capital) a number of reeds or whistles of graduated lengths bound together to form a musical wind instrumentAlso called: pipes of Pan, syrinx
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