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.

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The book debuted with little fanfare and only became well-known once journalists and the public began denigrating Dunleavy, a former tabloid reporter, over his allegations about Elvis's drug use and carousing. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Inside the Enduring Mysteries of Elvis Presley's Death," 16 Mar. 2019 The film drops us right into the lives of Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) with little fanfare. Katie Walsh, The Seattle Times, "‘Instant Family’: a heartwarming and hilarious adoption tale with Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne," 14 Nov. 2018 In September, after the Comfort’s mission was announced, a Chinese hospital ship put into La Guaira, Venezuela, near the capital of Caracas, with much local fanfare. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A ‘Military Option’ for Sick Venezuelans," 22 Nov. 2018 The state-of-the-art museum, which was years in the making, opened with much fanfare. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, "Trump's absence means black lawmakers will now celebrate new civil rights museum," 9 Feb. 2018 The high-profile couple's Bryan Caswell Concepts was signed with much fanfare to create and manage the downtown hotel's marquee restaurant, Oxbow 7, along with its glossy rooftop lounge, Hoggbirds. Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle, "Chef Bryan Caswell is out at Le Meridien Hotel's Oxbow 7," 19 Jan. 2018 In 2007, 100 years after the bridge was originally dedicated to much fanfare, David Westerling, an emeritus professor at Merrimack College, coauthored a warning, published in the Globe, about the state’s failure to maintain its assets. Nestor Ramos,, "The Longfellow Bridge — connecting people, ideas, and identities — reopens," 31 May 2018 The Cinema Guild Every week, new original films debut on Netflix and other streaming services, often to much less fanfare than their big-screen counterparts. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Before you see Welcome to Marwen, stream the documentary about the true story behind it," 21 Dec. 2018 According to People, following Diana's death in 1997, the tiara wasn't seen publicly until 2015, when Duchess Kate wore it to much fanfare at a reception at Buckingham Palace. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Stunning Lover's Knot Tiara Has a Fascinating Royal History," 23 Oct. 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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