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 But finally, the Lincoln Bridge opened with great fanfare on Dec. 5, 2015, and the East End span, named the Lewis and Clark Bridge, opened on Dec. 18, 2016. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell, Muhammad Ali's death and gay marriage are the top stories of the decade," 31 Dec. 2019 Finally, in 2005, with much fanfare, a temporary exhibit purported to tell the truth about colonialism at last. Adam Hochschild, The Atlantic, "The Fight to Decolonize the Museum," 15 Dec. 2019 Last August, without much fanfare, Heiss was named CEO of Buddy’s Pizza, the iconic local chain that started in 1946. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "New CEO of Buddy's Pizza talks future of the company, new menu," 4 Dec. 2019 The elections normally are held with little fanfare, and the councils have no power over controversial Chief Executive Carrie Lam. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong elections stunner: What pro-democracy landslide means," 25 Nov. 2019 Without a whole lot of fanfare, Swedish DJ and Drumcode mainstay Ida Engberg has spent a career backing progressive causes. Jack Tregoning, Billboard, "Top 10 Do-Gooding DJs: Bassnectar, Griz, Ida Engberg and More," 23 Oct. 2019 With little fanfare, a docile budget and tax rate hearing produced no complaints, and Liberty County commissioners unanimously passed both agenda items that will pave the way for Fiscal Year 2020. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty County commissioners okay 2020 budget, tax rate," 27 Sep. 2019 O'Rourke entered the race with much fanfare, only to see his numbers evaporate, and Booker has struggled to take off. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Is Andrew Yang ready for prime time?," 11 Sep. 2019 Along the sidelines, in the margins, without a great deal of fanfare, another sort of narrative was gathering momentum, beginning to alter the entire trajectory of cultural production. Laurie Penny, WIRED, "We Can Be Heroes: How the Nerds Are Reinventing Pop Culture," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fanfare

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2020

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“Fanfare.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 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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