Word of the day

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musette (noun) – 1. (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.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : There are still some American men who served in the army (if not another branch) during World War II and know what a musette or musette bag is. Musette in the sense “small, lightweight backpack” is an Americanism that first appears in the early 1920s. The word musette comes from French musette “bagpipe” because the shape of the backpack is similar to the sack or bag of the bagpipe. Musette in the sense of bagpipe entered English at the end of the 14th century.


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