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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The latest era of Trek films has attracted some of the biggest names in film to the franchise, and a new series—Star Trek: Discovery—just debuted to plenty of fanfare despite its unusual viewing situation. Sam Ferguson, Ars Technica, "A dozen years after near-death, Star Trek’s future may be stronger than ever," 19 May 2018 This coalition was put together without a lot of fanfare. Fox News, "Gorka on Syria strike: US is duty-bound to respond to Assad," 13 Apr. 2018 Without much fanfare, Jalen Hunt committed to Iowa football last week. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Recruiting: Belleville football's Jalen Hunt enjoys Iowa's family feel," 11 July 2018 Perez was appointed the new bishop of Cleveland last July by Pope Francis, and installed in September to great fanfare. Emily Bamforth,, "Watch Cleveland bishop Nelson Perez discuss issues facing the church and Cleveland community at the City Club," 13 Apr. 2018 The huge, 26-story tower opened to great fanfare in 1974, but closed the next year when the civil war broke out and gunmen moved in to take advantage of its commanding views of downtown. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Walking Tour of a City’s History, Assassinations Included," 7 Feb. 2018 The park opened in 1965 to great local fanfare (the same year that the Astrodome opened) and was one of the first ocean theme parks in the nation of its kind. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Sea-Arama in Galveston was an island attraction for decades," 11 July 2018 George Wright opened in 1936 amid great fanfare, a Ross design that required 60,000 pounds of dynamite, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and $1 million in funding. Ben Volin,, "Restoration has made George Wright and Franklin Park golfing jewels," 3 July 2018 Without debate or fanfare, the Pennsylvania legislature last week passed a bill that will dramatically change the rules for safeguarding newborns who go home from the hospital with mothers battling addiction. Marie Mccullough,, "Pa. law aims to protect newborns of moms in opioid addiction," 29 June 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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