- a small French bagpipe of the 17th and 18th cent.
- a soft pastoral melody, in imitation of the tunes typically played on this instrument
- a small bag of canvas or leather for toilet articles, etc., worn suspended from a shoulder strap, as by soldiers or hikersalso musette bag
Origin of musetteOld French from muser, to play music, muse
- a. A small French bagpipe operated with a bellows and having a soft sound.b. A soft pastoral air that imitates bagpipe music.
- A small canvas or leather bag with a shoulder strap, as one used by soldiers or travelers. Also called musette bag .
Origin of musetteMiddle English from Old French diminutive of muse from muser to play the musette, muse ; see muse .
- (music, now historical) Any of various form of small bagpipe, especially with a bellows, having a soft sound, and once popular in France. [from 14th c.]
- A dance tune or pastoral air that imitates this instrument. [from 18th c.]
- A small instrument similar to an oboe or shawm. [from 19th c.]
- (chiefly US) A small bag or knapsack, with a shoulder strap, used by soldiers, student, tourists, etc., containing food or other things. [from 20th c.]
From Middle French musette, later reborrowed from French musette.