drum·​roll | \ ˈdrəm-ˌrōl How to pronounce drumroll (audio) \

Definition of drumroll

: a roll on a drum or its sound

Examples of drumroll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bagpipes and drumrolls by the mob outside keep the household awake for days on end. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Weeping Woman' ('La Llorona'): Film Review," 30 Sep. 2019 Cue the drumroll: the full cast for Escape the Night‘s upcoming fourth season has been revealed. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Full cast of Joey Graceffa's Escape the Night season 4 revealed," 12 June 2019 Being that this isn’t The Tonight Show and Notaro doesn’t have a band to back her up, Amazon’s Alexa is there to offer a drumroll when needed. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Watch James Van Der Beek help Tig Notaro try to guess who he is," 4 June 2019 According to the official Instagram for Georges Chakra, the designer of the now-infamous dress, the gown is — drumroll please! — orange. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Hale Sparks Social Media Debate Over the Color of Her Dress," 12 Jan. 2019 The four charities the new princess will be working with are... drumroll... the National Theatre, Smart Works Charity, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), and Mayhew! Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Receives Not One But Four Royal Patronages," 10 Jan. 2019 Symptoms include intense fatigue, irritability, mental fogginess, and—drumroll please—a horrible headache. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Tell if Your 'Caffeine Withdrawal Headaches' Are Actually Migraines," 25 Jan. 2019 And for Colton Underwood, who heads up Season 23, the big storyline is—drumroll—his virginity. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "All the Times They Say 'Virgin' on The Bachelor This Season," 7 Jan. 2019 Devices like the Unihertz Jelly are tiny smartphones that are harder to use, while others like the Light Phone only make phone calls. If all else fails, there’s always... (drumroll please) digital detox camp! Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "How to detox from your smartphone with these apps and gadgets," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of drumroll

1810, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2019

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“Drumroll.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumroll. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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