Fife definition

fīf
A small, high-pitched, transverse flute used primarily to accompany drums in a military or marching band.
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To play a fife.
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To perform (a piece or tune) on or as if on a fife.
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A region of eastern Scotland between the Firths of Forth and Tay. It was once a Pict kingdom.
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A small flute having from six to eight finger holes, and usually no keys, used mainly with drums in playing marches.
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To play on a fife.
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(place) Administrative unit of E Scotland: formerly a county.
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A small shrill pipe, resembling the piccolo flute, used chiefly to accompany the drum in military music.
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To play this instrument.
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A traditional county of Scotland now a Unitary Authority, situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, with landward boundaries to Perth and Kinross and Clackmannanshire.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fife
Plural:
fifes

Origin of fife

  • Probably German Pfeife from Middle High German pfīfe from Old High German pfīffa from Vulgar Latin pīpa from Latin pīpāre to chirp

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German Pfeife.

    From Wiktionary