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[strath-spey, strath-spey]
  1. a slow Scottish dance in quadruple meter.
  2. the music for this dance.
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Origin of strathspey

First recorded in 1645–55; after Strath Spey, the valley of the river Spey in Scotland
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Historical Examples of strathspey

  • We cannot have a bag-pipe just now, but I shall sing you a Strathspey reel.'

    The Lyon in Mourning, Vol. 1

    Robert Forbes

  • Many years ago there dwelt in Strathspey a midwife of great repute.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

  • They have yet to see the Macphail lead the Strathspey with his betrothed.

  • The Strathspey is a slow and grandiose modification of the Reel.

  • In the north, Andrew of Moray headed a rising in Strathspey.

British Dictionary definitions for strathspey


  1. a Scottish dance with gliding steps, slower than a reel
  2. a piece of music in four-four time composed for this dance
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Word Origin for strathspey

after Strathspey valley of the rived Spey
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