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ˈpi brɒxpi·broch

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pibrochnoun

    martial music with variations; to be played by bagpipes


  1. pibrochnoun

    A series of musical variations for the bagpipes, usually martial or funerary in nature.

  2. Etymology: From Gaelic pìobaireachd ‘art of playing the bagpipes’, from pìobair ‘piper’ + -achd suffix of function.


  1. Pibroch

    Pibroch, piobaireachd or ceòl mòr is an art music genre associated primarily with the Scottish Highlands that is characterised by extended compositions with a melodic theme and elaborate formal variations. Strictly meaning "piping" in Scottish Gaelic, piobaireachd has for some four centuries been music of the Great Highland Bagpipe. Music of a similar nature, pre-dating the adoption of the Highland pipes, has historically been played on the wire-strung Gaelic harp (clàrsach) and later on the Scottish fiddle, and this form is undergoing a revival. A more general term is ceol mor (Scottish Gaelic: ceòl mòr in reformed spelling or ceòl mór in unreformed spelling), meaning the "great music", to distinguish this complex extended art-music from the more popular Scottish music such as dances, reels, marches and strathspeys, which are called ceòl beag or "little music".


  1. pibroch

    A pibroch is a traditional form of Scottish bagpipe music, characterized by its complex variations and extended length. It is typically ceremonial or commemorative, often created to honor a significant historical or personal event.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pibrochnoun

    a Highland air, suited to the particular passion which the musician would either excite or assuage; generally applied to those airs that are played on the bagpipe before the Highlanders when they go out to battle

  2. Etymology: [Gael. piobaireachd pipe music, fr. piobair a piper, fr. pioba pipe, bagpipe, from English. See Pipe, n.]


  1. Pibroch

    The Pibroch was a Clyde Puffer that was built in Glasgow during 1957. It is one of the last of this type of vessel remaining today.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pibroch

    pē′broh, n. a form of bagpipe music, generally of a warlike character, including marches, dirges, &c. [Gael. piobaireachd, pipe-music—piobair, a piper—piob, a pipe, fear, a man.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Pibroch

    the Highland bagpipe; also the wild, martial music it discourses.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pibroch

    (Gael. piobaireachd). A wild, irregular species of music, peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland. It is performed on a bagpipe, and adapted to excite or assuage passion, and particularly to rouse a martial spirit among troops going to battle.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pibroch in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pibroch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8


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