- a slow Scottish dance in quadruple meter.
- the music for this dance.
Origin of strathspey
First recorded in 1645–55; after Strath Spey, the valley of the river Spey in Scotland
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Examples from the Web for strathspey
We cannot have a bag-pipe just now, but I shall sing you a Strathspey reel.'The Lyon in Mourning, Vol. 1
Many years ago there dwelt in Strathspey a midwife of great repute.The Fairy Mythology
They have yet to see the Macphail lead the Strathspey with his betrothed.The Cabinet Minister
The Strathspey is a slow and grandiose modification of the Reel.
In the north, Andrew of Moray headed a rising in Strathspey.The History of England
- a Scottish dance with gliding steps, slower than a reel
- a piece of music in four-four time composed for this dance
after Strathspey valley of the rived Spey