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fife (faɪf Pronunciation for fife



  1. a small high-pitched flute similar to the piccolo and usually having no keys, used esp in military bands


  1. to play (music) on a fife

Derived Forms

ˈfifer noun

Word Origin

C16: from Old High German pfīfa; see pipe1

Fife1 (faɪf Pronunciation for Fife1



  1. a council area and historical county of E central Scotland, bordering on the North Sea between the Firths of Tay and Forth: coastal lowlands in the north and east, with several ranges of hills; mainly agricultural. Administrative centre: Glenrothes. Pop: 352 040 (2003 est). Area: 1323 sq km (511 sq miles)

Fife2 (faɪf Pronunciation for Fife2



  1. Duncan See Duncan Phyfe

Phyfe or Fife (faɪf Pronunciation for )



  1. Duncan. ?1768–1854, US cabinet-maker, born in Scotland

Example Sentences Including 'fife'

A battered fiddle or a military fife was perhaps permissible; anything else was contrary to the true spirit of the west.
Brian Thompson DEVASTATING EDEN: The Search for Utopia in America (2004)
But the fife player Otha Turner is good value, although, as with many of the interviewees in this set, he died before the films were shown.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
I capered clumsily into the mob and drew a squad of ghosts trotting with a fife band.
Gash, Jonathan The Tartan Ringers
The rest came from groups of enthusiastic teenagers squealing and screaming like 50 untrained fife bands.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2005)
east fife 2 queen's park 2 Scorers: East Fife - McManus (43min, 50); Queen's Park- Jackson (5, 90).
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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