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1. The drone pipe of a bagpipe.
2. The bass string, as of a violin.
3. An organ stop, commonly of the 16-foot pipes, medium in scale but with dark timbre.

[Middle English burdoun, bass, from Old French bourdon.]


(ˈbʊədən; ˈbɔːdən)
1. (Instruments) a 16-foot organ stop of the stopped diapason type
2. (Instruments) the drone of a bagpipe
3. (Music, other) a drone or pedal point in the bass of a harmonized melody
[C14: from Old French: drone (of a musical instrument), of imitative origin]


(ˈbʊər dn, ˈbɔr-, ˈboʊr-)

the drone pipe of a bagpipe.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see burden2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bourdon - a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone
bagpipe - a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone
pipe - a tubular wind instrument
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A graduate of CE-SEM Reims Management School in France as well as ESB Business School in Germany for international management, Le Bourdon has a 24-year international track record in global markets including France, Germany, Korea, Spain and Latin America, mainly working for L'Oreal Luxe.
Considering the close relationship that exists between France and the United States, the US should not block Geoffrey Miller's testimony; he has a lot to say," Bourdon added.