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 The Bearcats have been as good as expected but with little fanfare, partially as a result of playing just once since Sept. 26. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Five biggest questions facing college football in Week 8," 22 Oct. 2020 Since Harbaugh arrived with considerable fanfare in December 2014, Michigan has never competed for the Big Ten title in Indianapolis. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Jim Harbaugh and the uncomfortable truth of his Michigan football tenure," 18 Oct. 2020 In the middle of the summer, a new specialty coffee shop opened in Louisville with little fanfare. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "'Coffee is everything' for this immigrant duo running Louisville's new Ethiopian cafe," 14 Oct. 2020 When an indie game company created Among Us in 2018, it was greeted with little fanfare. Taylor Lorenz, New York Times, "With Nowhere to Go, Teens Flock to Among Us," 14 Oct. 2020 After a very warm day Wednesday, a cold front will move through North Texas overnight with very little fanfare. Dallas News, "A cool down for Thursday," 30 Sep. 2020 After Floyd’s death, the negotiations, which in years past came and went with little fanfare, have become a point of contention as the city debates the future of policing. Libor Jany, Star Tribune, "Reform group says Minneapolis has shut it out of police union contract talks," 26 Sep. 2020 The bill passed the both houses and was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy with little fanfare. Kim Jarrett, Washington Examiner, "Provision allowing counting of ballots before Election Day in New Jersey raises fears of leaks," 3 Sep. 2020 And so, with no fanfare but unmistakable firmness, Jill Biden approached her husband from behind, reminded him of proper spacing and physically moved him several paces back. Washington Post, "Joe Biden’s campaign, summed up in one simple gesture," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of fanfare

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Oct 2020

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“Fanfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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