fan·​fare | \ˈfan-ˌfer \

Definition of fanfare 

1 : a short and lively sounding of trumpets

2 : a showy outward display

Examples of fanfare in a Sentence

The new jet was introduced with great fanfare.

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With seemingly zero fanfare, a $20 PC version arrived yesterday for Windows PCs (Steam, Windows Store). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)," 17 Nov. 2018 It was revealed by the palace that State Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry will perform a fanfare written especially for the occasion during the service. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Details About Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Have Just Been Released," 6 Oct. 2018 Fan favorites like Game of Thrones and Westworld are in the lead with the most nominations, therefore bringing their casts out for a night of black tie fanfare. Vogue, "Emmy Awards 2018: Fashion—Live From the Red Carpet," 18 Sep. 2018 Liza Koshy & Kimiko Glenn Compete in a Compliment Battle Hot off of the heels of the To All The Boys I've Loved Before fanfare, Noah attended the event in a brown suit and collarless striped shirt. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Shannon Purser and Noah Centineo Attend the “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser” Premiere," 31 Aug. 2018 Verizon is shutting down Go90, a mobile-video app the company launched with some fanfare only three years ago in hope of tapping into a generation of millennials that had displayed a bottomless appetite for video content on their smartphones. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Verizon Kills Go90, Its Mobile-Video App for Millennials, After Millennials Didn't Really Watch It," 29 June 2018 No wording that specific appears in the document Trump signed with such fanfare at the Sentosa resort island. David E. Sanger,, "Trump makes a bet on his ‘terrific relationship’ with North Korean leader," 12 June 2018 In particular, the series brought Gus on with much fanfare early in season three and has proceeded to have next to no idea what to do with him. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Better Call Saul season 4 finale: The hugely important final shot, explained," 9 Oct. 2018 More recently, Children Hospital of Michigan proposed a major suburban care center in 2012, announced the plan with fanfare, then canceled a few months later and built its satellite center on Big Beaver Road near I-75. Detroit Free Press, "Pet spa, yoga studio part of Royal Oak apartment-retail development," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of fanfare

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fanfare

: a lot of talk or activity showing that people are excited about something

: a short piece of music played loudly with trumpets especially to announce that someone is arriving

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