Definition of Piper

1. Noun. Someone who plays the bagpipe.

Exact synonyms: Bagpiper
Generic synonyms: Instrumentalist, Musician, Player
Specialized synonyms: Pipe Major
Derivative terms: Pipe

2. Noun. Type genus of the Piperaceae: large genus of chiefly climbing tropical shrubs.

Definition of Piper

1. n. See Pepper.

2. n. One who plays on a pipe, or the like, esp. on a bagpipe.

Definition of Piper

1. Proper noun. (surname A=An occupational from=Middle English) ¹

2. Proper noun. (surnames female given name) used since the mid-twentieth century, first by the American actress Piper Laurie. ¹

3. Noun. A musician who plays a pipe. ¹

4. Noun. A bagpiper. ¹

5. Noun. A baby pigeon. ¹

6. Noun. A common European gurnard (''Trigla lyra''), having a large head, with prominent nasal projection, and with large, sharp, opercular spines. ¹

7. Noun. A sea urchin (''Goniocidaris hystrix'') with very long spines, native to the American and European coasts. ¹

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Definition of Piper

1. one that plays on a tubular musical instrument [n -S]

Medical Definition of Piper

1. 1. One who plays on a pipe, or the like, especially. On a bagpipe. "The hereditary piper and his sons." 2. A common European gurnard (Trigla lyra), having a large head, with prominent nasal projection, and with large, sharp, opercular spines. A sea urchin (Goniocidaris hystrix) having very long spines, native of both the American and European coasts. To pay the piper, to bear the cost, expense, or trouble. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Piper

pipeline company
pipemidic acid
pipenzolate methylbromide
piperacillin sodium
piperazine adipate
piperazine calcium edetate
piperazine citrate
piperazine diethanesulfonic acid
piperazine estrone sulfate
piperazine tartrate

Literary usage of Piper

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Chief Contemporary Dramatists, Second Series: Eighteen Plays from the Recent by Thomas Herbert Dickinson (1921)
"Piper. Yet you were not afraid? VERONIKA. What is there now to fear? ... I hold them in my hands; they bide witk Piper. Woman, they all are mine. me. ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1877)
"And sure enough, just as the sun was veering round to the west, the piper was seated at the table of his best parlor with a bottle ,of whiskey and glasses, ..."

3. The English Poets by Thomas Humphry Ward, Matthew Arnold (1918)
"Piper, piper, play your best! Melt the sun into your tune! ... Piper—softly; soft and low; Pipe of love in mellow notes, Till the tears begin to flow, ..."

4. Library of Southern Literature by Edwin Anderson Alderman, Joel Chandler Harris, Charles William Kent (1909)
"But why the Piper piped a tune so keenly strange and sweet, ... PAYING THE Piper The Bookman. By kind permission of Dodd, Mead and Company. ..."

5. A Handy Book of Curious Information: Comprising Strange Happenings in the by William Shepard Walsh (1913)
"The street through which the piper passed is called Bungen- Strasse, or Drum Street, from the Incus a non principle,—no music nor drum is allowed to be ..."

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