fan·​fare ˈfan-ˌfer How to pronounce fanfare (audio)
: a short and lively sounding of trumpets
: a showy outward display

Example Sentences

The new jet was introduced with great fanfare.
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Word History



First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fanfare was in 1605

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“Fanfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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fan·​fare ˈfan-ˌfa(ə)r How to pronounce fanfare (audio)
: a short stirring tune played by trumpets

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