Also called Fifeshire [fahyf-sheer, -sher] . a historic county in E Scotland.
a region in E Scotland. 504 sq. mi. (1305 sq. km). Unabridged
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fife (faɪf)
1.  a small high-pitched flute similar to the piccolo and usually having no keys, used esp in military bands
2.  to play (music) on a fife
[C16: from Old High German pfīfa; see pipe1]

Fife1 (faɪf)
a council area and historical county of E central Scotland, bordering on the North Sea between the Firths of Tay and Forth: coastal lowlands in the north and east, with several ranges of hills; mainly agricultural. Administrative centre: Glenrothes. Pop: 352 040 (2003 est). Area: 1323 sq km (511 sq miles)

Fife2 (faɪf)
See Duncan Phyfe Duncan

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Word Origin & History

1540 (implied in fifer), from Ger. Pfeife "fife, pipe," from O.H.G. pfifa, or via M.Fr. fifre (15c.) from the same O.H.G. word. Ger. musicians provided music for most European courts in those days.
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fife definition

A small flute with a high, piercing tone, used mainly in military bands.

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