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.

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Last November, the Black Artists + Designers Guild launched to much fanfare in the design world. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "The Black Artists + Designers Guild is a Creative Force Shaking Up the Design World," 18 Mar. 2019 The first phase, which included Whole Foods Market, Starbucks and Chipotle, opened to much fanfare in 2016. Greg Trotter,, "Coming to Englewood: Kimbal Musk's Square Roots urban farm in shipping containers," 12 July 2018 The church was introduced to much fanfare in July 2015 amid a heavy police presence and some protesters. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Judge dismisses Cannabis Church's case that cited RFRA to defend pot as a sacrament," 7 July 2018 Durian, for the uninitiated, are popular in many parts of the world, especially in Southeast Asia, but seldom eaten with such fanfare in the United States. Melinda Morris,, "Who boils the best crawfish in metro New Orleans? It's the last day to vote," 30 Apr. 2018 PATH Connections Housing opened in downtown San Diego with much fanfare in April 2013 as a one-stop shop for homeless people to find various services, interim shelter and even a permanent home. Gary Warth,, "PATH Connections approaches 5th anniverary of helping homeless," 19 Mar. 2018 With customary fanfare, Trump planned to unveil his choice on prime-time TV. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 With customary fanfare, Trump planned to unveil his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy from the White House on prime-time TV., "Trump makes decision on his Supreme Court pick, will reveal it at 9 p.m.," 9 July 2018 With customary fanfare, Trump plans to announce his selection Monday night. Catherine Lucey And Lisa Mascaro,, "Former Notre Dame professor among Trump's finalists for Supreme Court, source says," 5 July 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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