- (in the Scottish Highlands) a piece of music for the bagpipe, consisting of a series of variations on a basic theme, usually martial in character, but sometimes used as a dirge.
Origin of pibroch
Examples from the Web for pibroch
Historical Examples of pibroch
If I had thocht o't I wad hae brocht my kilts and my pibroch and a' that.'Erchie
(AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
And as you can't compose another one, it may as well be the "Pibroch."My Austrian Love
Gilian had the siubhal of the pibroch but begun when the blind man stopped him.The Lost Pibroch
The pibroch said to have been composed by Helen MacGregor is still in existence.Rob Roy, Complete, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
And heard McDonald's guns in the valley and his pibroch on the hills.The Little Red Foot
Robert W. Chambers
- a form of music for Scottish bagpipes, consisting of a theme and variations
- a piece of such music
Word Origin for pibroch
kind of bagpipe music, 1719, from Gaelic piobaireachd, literally "piper's art," from piobair "a piper" (from piob "pipe," an English loan word; see pipe (n.1)) + -achd, suffix denoting function.