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1. Music
a. An instrument having an upright triangular frame consisting of a pillar, a curved neck, and a hollow back containing the sounding board, with usually 46 or 47 strings of graded lengths that are played by plucking with the fingers.
b. Any of various ancient and modern instruments of similar or U-shaped design.
c. Informal A harmonica.
2. Something, such as a pair of vertical supports for a lampshade, that resembles a harp.
intr.v. harped, harp·ing, harps
To play a harp.
Phrasal Verb:
harp on
To talk or write about to an excessive and tedious degree; dwell on.

[Middle English, from Old English hearpe and from Old French harpe, of Germanic origin.]

harp′er n.
harp′ist n.


 (här′pər), Stephen Joseph Born 1959.
Canadian politician who served as prime minister (2006-2015).
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(Biography) Stephen (Joseph). Born 1959. Canadian statesman; prime minister from 2006
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Noun1.Harper - someone who plays the harpharper - someone who plays the harp    
instrumentalist, musician, player - someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
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References in classic literature ?
Bonacieux, who willingly took it, half laughing, half trembling, and both gained the top of Rue de la Harpe. Arriving there, the young woman seemed to hesitate, as she had before done in the Rue Vaugirard.
Besides, the woman wore that black mantle which D'Artagnan could still see outlined on the shutter of the Rue de Vaugirard and on the door of the Rue de la Harpe; still further, the man wore the uniform of a Musketeer.
The second, which was called the Rue de la Harpe on the left bank, Rue de la Barillerié in the island, Rue Saint- Denis on the right bank, Pont Saint-Michel on one arm of the Seine, Pont au Change on the other, ran from the Porte Saint-Michel in the University, to the Porte Saint-Denis in the Town.
Publishers Harpe Collins said they had been told of the content and had withdrawn the book from sale, pulping all remaining copies.
Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series Farmers Market opens at 11 a.m.; Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers, noon-2 p.m.
Harpe, MD (certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine) presents Naturvore Power: Transcending Industrial Food and Medicine, a siren call to resist processed food, excessive overuse of pharmaceuticals, and the sedentary, unhealthy American lifestyle promoted by corporate advertising.
about "The power of the life insurance pro," by Ken Harpe, from our April issue:
seminigra (Hampson, 1896), but can be distinguished from it by the narrowed wing without an antemedial line, the uncus broad medially with a curved and pointed apex, and valva slightly curved versus straight in seminigra; cucullus round, narrower than in seminigra; harpe robust with spur at apex; aedeagus longer than in seminigra; ductus bursae longer than in seminigra; corpus bursae without signa.
It also seems incongruous that optimism being articulated by a player as humble as their devout scrum-half Ryan De La Harpe.
Bill Harpe, co-director of Black-E, said: "This is the first time we have used our main space.
Ben won the junior section of the international harp competition Concours de Harpe Lily Laskine in September.
Other figures treated include Paul-Henri Thiry, Jean-Francois de La Harpe, Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, Isabelle de Charriere, Sophie Cottin, Etienne Bonnot de Condillac, Louise d'Epinay, and Bernard Le Bovie de Fontenelle.