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 Her benefits were released weeks later with little fanfare. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 23 Sep. 2021 Released late last month with little fanfare, the analysis concluded that limiting prices — as envisioned in a controversial House bill known as H.R. 3 — would lead to 59 fewer new drugs over the next three decades. Ed Silverman, STAT, 20 Sep. 2021 The 20th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor came and went with little fanfare., 4 Sep. 2021 Both made their transition to the West with little fanfare, with judo demonstrated in exhibition at the 1932 Olympics. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 4 Sep. 2021 Two weeks ago, Jason Kidd was part of a Mavericks leadership contingent that traveled to Luka Doncic’s hometown of Ljubljana, Slovenia, to considerable fanfare. Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2021 At the beginning of the year, Lamont attempted with considerable fanfare to attract data center businesses, voracious consumers of electricity, to the state. Dave Campbell,, 13 Aug. 2021 In the 20th century alone, the ceiling was raised or temporarily lifted approximately 90 times without much fanfare. Joe Lockhart, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 The Coyotes plan to continue acknowledging the 25th anniversary season, but without as much fanfare as what was originally planned because of the still ongoing pandemic. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of fanfare

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fanfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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