- the hero of a German folk legend, popularized in The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1842) by Robert Browning.
- (sometimes lowercase) a person who induces others to follow or imitate him or her, especially by means of false or extravagant promises.
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- Also called: the Pied Piper of Hamelin (in German legend) a piper who rid the town of Hamelin of rats by luring them away with his music and then, when he was not paid for his services, lured away its children
- (sometimes not capitals) a person who entices others to follow him
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