from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A series of variations on a martial theme or traditional dirge for the highland bagpipes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A series of musical variations for the bagpipes, usually martial or funerary in nature.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Highland air, suited to the particular passion which the musician would either excite or assuage; generally applied to those airs that are played on the bagpipe before the Highlanders when they go out to battle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wild, irregular kind of music, peculiar to the Scottish Highlands, performed upon the bagpipe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. martial music with variations; to be played by bagpipes
Scottish Gaelic pìobaireachd, pipe music, from pìobair, piper, from pìob, pipe, from Middle Irish píp, from Medieval Latin pīpa, from Vulgar Latin *pīpa; see pipe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Scottish Gaelic pìobaireachd ("act of playing the bagpipes"), from pìobaire ("piper") + -achd abstract noun suffix. (Wiktionary)