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A small, high-pitched, transverse flute used primarily to accompany drums in a military or marching band.
v. fifed, fif·ing, fifes
To play a fife.
To perform (a piece or tune) on or as if on a fife.

[Probably German Pfeife, from Middle High German pfīfe, from Old High German pfīffa, from Vulgar Latin *pīpa, from Latin pīpāre, to chirp.]

fif′er n.


A region of eastern Scotland between the Firths of Forth and Tay. It was once a Pict kingdom.
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On hearing this Trifaldin bent the knee to the ground, and making a sign to the fifer and drummers to strike up, he turned and marched out of the garden to the same notes and at the same pace as when he entered, leaving them all amazed at his bearing and solemnity.
After looking at it for a little while as she plies her needle, he looks to young Woolwich, sitting on his stool in the corner, and beckons that fifer to him.
He was moreover a fifer in the National Guard,--to escape his turn of sitting up all night in a barrack-room.
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