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Sense: 1
Date: 1700-1800
Origin: pippin
Sense: 2
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: From the sound
Sense: 3
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: pip ' mark on a playing card showing its value '


1 noun
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pip1 [countable] British English
1HBP a small seed from a fruit such as an apple or orange:
an apple pip
Have these oranges got pips in?
2 a high note that is part of a series of short sounds, used for example on the radio to show the time, or on a public telephone line to show that your money has almost finished [= beep American English]
The pips are going so I'd better say goodbye.
3 old-fashionedPMA one of the stars on the shoulders of the coats of army officers that shows their rank

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