fan·​fare | \ ˈfan-ˌfer How to pronounce fanfare (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes, new Christmas songs that debut without much fanfare maintain their popularity surprisingly well. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "The Endless Green of 'White Christmas' & Other Holiday Hits," 26 Dec. 2019 Without much fanfare — or even a caption — the 42-year-old rapper shared the album on Twitter on Wednesday, revealing the album cover to feature a circle on top of a blue background of a calm ocean under sunny blue skies. Greta Bjornson,, "Kanye West Drops His Latest Sunday Service Album, Jesus Is Born, on Christmas Day," 25 Dec. 2019 Video games have become a new form of literature without much fanfare. James O'sullivan, Quartzy, "Video games have become a new form of literature," 10 Dec. 2019 In fact, all three are still dropping new episodes weekly, to little fanfare. Judy Berman, Time, "The Streaming Wars Are Finally in Full Swing—And the First Casualties Are Coming Into View," 25 Nov. 2019 Sanford launched his campaign in October to little fanfare. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Mark Sanford suspends Republican primary challenge," 12 Nov. 2019 On Tuesday, the Russian general prosecutor’s office said to little fanfare that Putin misspoke and meant $400,000. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "Fact check: Trump, Putin and their Hall of Mirrors," 17 July 2018 This past summer, to little fanfare, Abe’s education ministry sent a letter to the country’s universities that stunned many educators. Bill Powell, Newsweek, "How Shinzo Abe Became Postwar Japan's Most Consequential Leader," 29 Sep. 2015 Based on last year’s finish, the team’s arrival in English Harbour, Atigua & Barbuda will be an occasion for fanfare. al, "3,000-mile rowing race almost over for U.S. veterans who trained in Alabama," 26 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fanfare

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Feb 2020

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“Fanfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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