Meaning of bourdon

bour•don

Pronunciation: (boor'dn, bôr'-, bōr'-), [key]
— n. 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.
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