from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A musical instrument with a single reed, finger holes, and a bell and mouthpiece made of horn.
- n. A spirited British folk dance originally accompanied by this instrument.
- n. The music accompanying such a dance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A musical instrument consisting of a wooden pipe, with holes at intervals.
- n. A solo dance commonly associated with seamen, involving kicking of the legs, with the arms mostly crossed.
- n. A hard-shoe solo dance commonly performed in Irish stepdance, usually danced in 2/4 time.
- n. Music played to the hornpipe dance
- v. To dance the hornpipe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument of music formerly popular in Wales, consisting of a wooden pipe, with holes at intervals. It was so called because the bell at the open end was sometimes made of horn.
- n. A lively tune played on a hornpipe, for dancing; a tune adapted for such playing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument formerly used in England and Wales, perhaps the precursor of the English horn.
- n. An English country-dance of varied and hilarious character, usually performed by one person, and very popular among sailors.
- n. Music for such a dance or in its style.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a British solo dance performed by sailors
- n. music for dancing the hornpipe
- n. an ancient (now obsolete) single-reed woodwind; usually made of bone
So called because the bell at the open end was sometimes made of horn. (Wiktionary)