drumroll

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

Definition of drumroll

: a roll on a drum or its sound

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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 The cast of 'Supergirl' appeared at San Diego Comic-Con to greet fans, answer burning questions, and (drumroll) introduce their newest member of the fam. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, ""Supergirl" Will Feature TV's First Transgender Superhero!," 23 July 2018 After undoing tons of glue, screws, and connectors in the Pixel 3 XL, iFixit found (drumroll please) a Samsung Panel! Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "iFixit rips open the Pixel 3 XL, finds a Samsung display panel," 16 Oct. 2018 Happy 21st birthday to Malala Yousafzai, who rang in the milestone on Thursday by spending the day meeting with other young women in Brazil and — drumroll, please! — posting her first ever photo on Instagram. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Malala Yousafzai Joins Instagram on Her 21st Birthday," 12 July 2018

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1810, in the meaning defined above

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