pitch pipe

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noun

a small flute or reed pipe producing one or more pitches when blown into, used chiefly for establishing the proper pitch in singing or in tuning a musical instrument.

Origin of pitch pipe

First recorded in 1705–15
Also called tuning pipe.
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British Dictionary definitions for pitch-pipe

pitch pipe


noun

a small pipe, esp one having a reed like a harmonica, that sounds a note or notes of standard frequency. It is used for establishing the correct starting note for unaccompanied singing
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Word Origin and History for pitch-pipe

pitch-pipe


n.

1711, from pitch (n.) in the musical sense + pipe (n.1).

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