tan·​ta·​ra | \ tan-ˈter-ə How to pronounce tantara (audio) , -ˈta-rə, -ˈtär-ə \

Definition of tantara

: the blare of a trumpet or horn

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Tantara is a shortening of the Latin taratantara, an onomatopoetic word that in ancient times that evoked the terrible sound of the war-trumpet. When "tantara" entered English in the 16th century, the sound it evoked was a merry one. "Tantara, tantara, the trumpets sound, / Which makes our hearte with joy abound," wrote Humphrey Gifford in 1580. Today, "tantara" is sometimes used as a synonym of "fanfare," a word for a short, lively sound of trumpets that may also be onomatopoetic in origin.

First Known Use of tantara

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tantara

Latin taratantara, of imitative origin

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“Tantara.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tantara. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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