Definitions

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a leader who entices people to follow (especially to their doom)
  • n. the title character in a German folk tale and in a poem by Robert Browning

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Examples

  • Reminiscences, vol. i.] [Footnote 12: It was for Macready's eldest boy, William Charles, that Browning wrote one of the most widely popular of his poems, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.”

    Life of Robert Browning

  • “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”; “The Flower's Name”; “The Flight of the Duchess”; “The Tomb at St. Praxed's,” the poem which educed Ruskin's enthusiastic praise for its marvellous apprehension of the spirit of the Middle Ages; “Pictor Ignotus,” and “The Lost Leader.”

    Life of Robert Browning

  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin, with 35 illustrations by Kate Greenaway.

    Life of Robert Browning

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  • I think the Piper is called "pied" because he wears clothes made of different colored patches, like a harlequin.

    February 5, 2012

  • the word pied is defined on this site as,"adj. Patchy in color; splotched or piebald. So are we talking about a Piper who is patchy in color here, who is splotched or piebald?

    February 5, 2012