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Dictionary Definition

bourdon n : a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone [syn: drone, drone pipe]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Old French bourdon ‘drone’ (French bourdon), from Proto-Romance, of imitatory origin.


IPA: /'bʊədən/


  1. In the context of "music|archaic": the burden or bass of a melody
    • 1985: The earth tremors resumed and made a bourdon to the loud psalms that they sang, interspersed with the odd ode of Horace recited by Silas. — Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked
  2. the drone pipe of a bagpipe
  3. the lowest-pitched stop of an organ
  4. the lowest-pitched of a peal of bells
  5. a bumblebee



  • /buʁ.dɔ̃/|lang=fr


fr-noun m
  1. bumblebee (species of bee)

Extensive Definition

Bourdon can mean:
Bourdon is also a surname and may refer to:
disambig Bourdon
bourdon in Catalan: Abellot
bourdon in German: Bourdon
bourdon in Spanish: Abejorro
bourdon in French: Bourdon
bourdon in Italian: Bourdon
bourdon in Dutch: Bourdon
bourdon in Chinese: 大黃蜂
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