bourdon


bourdon

bourdon [boo r-dn, bawr-, bohr-] ExamplesWord Origin noun Music.

    1. the drone pipe of a bagpipe.
    2. the drone string of a stringed instrument.
  1. a low-pitched tone; bass.
  2. a pipe organ stop of very low pitch.
  3. the bell in a carillon having the lowest pitch.

Origin of bourdon 1350–1400; Middle English Middle French; see burden2 Examples from the Web for bourdon Historical Examples of bourdon

  • The dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ.

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Oscar Wilde

  • “Bourdon, arm all batteries and lock onto that Mancji ship,” I ordered.

    Greylorn

    John Keith Laumer

  • He manages a canoe well, when himself; so go, Bourdon, while you can.

    Oak Openings

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • “Let me know the truth, at once, Chippewa,” exclaimed le Bourdon.

    Oak Openings

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • At length le Bourdon paused, causing his companion to stop also.

    Oak Openings

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • British Dictionary definitions for bourdon bourdon noun

    1. a 16-foot organ stop of the stopped diapason type
    2. the drone of a bagpipe
    3. a drone or pedal point in the bass of a harmonized melody

    Word Origin for bourdon C14: from Old French: drone (of a musical instrument), of imitative origin

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