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a. A small French bagpipe operated with a bellows and having a soft sound.
b. A soft pastoral air that imitates bagpipe music.
2. A small canvas or leather bag with a shoulder strap, as one used by soldiers or travelers. Also called musette bag.

[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of muse, from muser, to play the musette, muse; see muse.]


(mjuːˈzɛt; French myzɛt)
1. (Instruments) a type of bagpipe with a bellows popular in France during the 17th and 18th centuries
2. (Dancing) a dance, with a drone bass originally played by a musette
[C14: from Old French, diminutive of muse bagpipe]



1. Also called musette′ bag`. a small leather or canvas bag with a shoulder strap.
2. a French bellows–driven bagpipe of the 17th and early 18th centuries, with several chambers and drones.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French muse bagpipe]


Cotton bag in which food is handed up to a rider in a road race.
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Noun1.musette - a small bagpipe formerly popular in Francemusette - a small bagpipe formerly popular in France
bagpipe - a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone
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In twenty horses for saddle and draught, which I have particularly at my chateau of Pierrefonds, and which are called - Bayard, Roland, Charlemagne, Pepin, Dunois, La Hire, Ogier, Samson, Milo, Nimrod, Urganda, Armida, Flastrade, Dalilah, Rebecca, Yolande, Finette, Grisette, Lisette, and Musette.
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Bastille is a "radical-chic residential and cultural centre" (5), where entertainment like movie houses and bals musettes became dominant during the Belle Epoque, where workers could no longer afford to live, and where the Opera-Bastille "unquestionably brought about the most dramatic changes in the area since the days of Hauss-mann" (136).
This book's opening chapter contains a general discussion of gay nightspots (including the bals musettes) to be found in inter-war Paris.
Por la noche visite dos bailes musettes de apaches, marinos y soldados, en el barrio de la Bastilla, Rue de Lappe: "Les Trois Colonnes" y "Le Petit Balcon".
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As with many French musicians Pean is able to draw a myriad of different styles into his music, from the musettes and chansons of his homeland to the African, Arabic, gipsy, funk, dub and jazz sounds which have moved into it - now there's a good argument for immigration.
Indeed, court documents show that the, eight performers named in the livret as making up the harmonie rustique were all wind players in the employ of the king.[5] (The Optere family is undoubtedly more familiar under its more usual spelling of 'Hotteterre') five of the eight appear on the royal books for 1661 as members of the ensemble known as the Hautbois et musettes de Poitou.[6] Judging from the ensembles in which their names appear, the instruments they are listed as playing in other ballet livrets, and the inventories of instruments that some of the royal wind players had in their Possession at their deaths, they must all have been versatile performers on several instruments.
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