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 all the controversy and fanfare, the biggest surprise isn't that casinos won the day, or that MGM settled on a swath of land smack in the middle of Springfield’s downtown. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 The company has drawn much fanfare, luring investors on the promise that its messenger RNA technology will bring new treatments for cancer, heart disease and other diseases. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Moderna Declines in Public-Market Debut," 7 Dec. 2018 The as yet unnamed little boy has been welcomed by plenty of fanfare, not the least of which from his royal relatives. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Just Said the Sweetest Thing About Their New Nephew," 16 Oct. 2018 His arrival this year will likely have much less fanfare, as usually only first days at new schools are considered press-worthy events. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Here’s What Prince George Will Be Learning at School This Year," 23 Aug. 2018 The campaign was notably released with little fanfare, getting the same treatment as, well, any other rollout might. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "New Aerie models show off bras in wheelchairs, with insulin pumps as Twitter cheers," 11 July 2018 The campaign rolled out in March of this year and Akira was added to the Ralph Lauren roster with very little fanfare, considering the historic first. Sable Yong, Allure, "Why J-Pop Star Akira Is Way More Than the New Face of Ralph Lauren," 15 May 2018 Google, by contrast, has steadily expanded its East Coast outpost with relatively little fanfare. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "Google Plans Large New York City Expansion," 7 Nov. 2018 Unlike the original rift event, which was broadcasted in advance by developer Epic Games, the end of the lightning phenomenon seemed to happen randomly and with comparatively little fanfare — some people may have missed it. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite’s lightning rift has created a purple interdimensional cube," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of fanfare

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: 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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