American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small French bagpipe operated with a bellows and having a soft sound.
- n. A soft pastoral air that imitates bagpipe music.
- n. A small canvas or leather bag with a shoulder strap, as one used by soldiers or travelers. Also called musette bag.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small and simple variety of oboe.
- n. A form of bagpipe once very popular in France, having a compass of from ten to thirteen tones.
- n. A quiet pastoral melody, usually with a drone-bass, written in imitation of a bagpipe tune: often introduced as one of the parts of the old-fashioned suite, especially as a contrast to the gavotte. Such melodies were often used as dance-tunes; and thus the term musette was extended to the dance for which they were used.
- n. Same as schalmei, 4.
- n. music A small bagpipe with a bellows, having a soft sound, and once popular in France.
- n. A dance tune or pastoral air that imitates this instrument.
- n. A small bag or knapsack, with a shoulder strap, used by soldiers, student, tourists, etc., containing food or other things.
- n. A small instrument similar to an oboe or shawm.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small bagpipe formerly in use, having a soft and sweet tone.
- n. An air adapted to this instrument; also, a kind of rustic dance.
- n. a small bagpipe formerly popular in France
- Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of muse, from muser, to play the musette, muse; see muse. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Lance Armstong’s encounter with a fan’s musette is rumored to have broken his chainstay.”
“The chief characteristic of the musette was a certain rustic Watteau-like grace.”
“For anyone with a penchant for the traditional accordion based Parisian music known as musette and the unique song style of the French music hall,”
“The bunch pick up their feed bags, known as a "musette".”
“The term "musette" has its origins in an eighteenth-century French bagpipe-like instrument and the rustic dance-hall music and settings in which it became popular.”
“The playing was just as fine as the singing, with standout performances from versatile multi-instrumentalist Tom Zajac on the virtuosic recorder solo in an arrangement of Henry VIII's "Tandernaken" and on the musette, a Renaissance bagpipe, as well as from viol player Mary Springfels, on the melodic line of "I'm going to my naked bed.”
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“Yellows and purples and green-reds, he says, adding that the look of old cars and European architecture made instruments like the musette, a French accordian, seem apt for the movie's scenes of fast-paced street comedy.”
“I love the "ette" theme and hope I'm not too late to ask about the word "musette".”
“Best young rider Timothy Roe (Trek-Livestrong) crashed in the feed zone at mile 37 when he rolled a tire after grabbing a musette bag.”
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Words or phrases associated with the accordion and its family—free reed aerophones. And, please, wisecracks.
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"God's own music," said the guide to me in Edinburgh. At least God was enthusiastic enough to bestow the squealing bag many names.
Words from other languages that have become part of my own.
Started off as names of musical pieces and miscellaneous music terms, now broadened to dance and theatre. (May recategorize this to finer details.)
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