trumpet

noun
trum·​pet | \ ˈtrəm-pət How to pronounce trumpet (audio) \

Definition of trumpet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a wind instrument consisting of a conical or cylindrical usually metal tube, a cup-shaped mouthpiece, and a flared bell specifically : a valved brass instrument having a cylindrical tube with two turns and a usual range from F sharp below middle C upward for 2¹/₂ octaves
b : a musical instrument (such as a cornet) resembling a trumpet
2 : a trumpet player
3 : something that resembles a trumpet or its tonal quality: such as
a : a funnel-shaped instrument (such as a megaphone) for collecting, directing, or intensifying sound
b(1) : a stentorian voice
(2) : a penetrating cry (as of an elephant)

trumpet

verb
trumpeted; trumpeting; trumpets

Definition of trumpet (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to blow a trumpet
2 : to make a sound suggestive of that of a trumpet

transitive verb

: to sound or proclaim on or as if on a trumpet trumpet the news

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Noun

trumpet 1a

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from trumpet

Noun

trumpetlike \ ˈtrəm-​pət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce trumpetlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of trumpet in a Sentence

Noun

the trumpet of a flower

Verb

He likes to trumpet his own achievements. The law was trumpeted as a solution to everything.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cue an incredibly sad but hilarious montage of Diggy sitting alone with the trumpet player. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 10 Recap: These Breakups Are Hard to Watch," 10 Sep. 2018 And the trumpet in the background makes this song ideal for after dinner drinks. 2. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "20 Thanksgiving Songs to Rock Your Turkey Day Playlist," 30 Aug. 2018 Outside the hall, Kobach’s campaign parked a truck that featured a picture of President Donald Trump as Uncle Sam in the front, American and Kansas flags and a large, metal elephant blowing a trumpet in the truck’s bed. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Kobach and Colyer trade barbs — and boos— at heated Johnson County GOP debate," 12 July 2018 Large, spiral conch shells, probably once home to ancient sea snails and now notched by hand at the apex to form a trumpet, are incised with images of warriors, hunters and the dead — as well as zoomorphic creatures that may well be crocodiles. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Teotihuacan: An ancient Mexican city's remarkable art comes to life at LACMA," 18 Apr. 2018 The combined bands formed an image of a giant riverboat and, later, a trumpet. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "From Grambling State to Lady Gaga: The Super Bowl halftime show’s humble history," 3 Feb. 2018 Ranging in age from 14 to 21, the performers make up the horn line (brass instruments such as trumpet, tuba and trombone), percussion (drums, cymbals, keyboards and more) and color guard. Anne Dunlap, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Drum Corps International marches into Orlando," 6 July 2018 Peter Evans’ blazing trumpet, from its first notes, blew a howl of protest at being hurled into the world as a biological template, one of millions of such patterns, with no instructions on the way forward. Marcus Overton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla Symphony & Chorus close season with trademark eclecticism," 10 June 2018 If not for his trumpet, Pope might have been on patrol with him. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "For one musician, D.C. was the place for black entertainers. The ’68 riots changed everything.," 3 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But on June 27th newspapers trumpeted the discovery of an enormous natural-gas field, called Noor, off the coast of North Sinai (see map). The Economist, "Egypt is optimistic about new gas discoveries in the Mediterranean," 5 July 2018 Seeking to convince voters otherwise, Republicans have trumpeted announcements from companies that credit the tax overhaul as the reason their workers are getting bonuses and wage increases. Washington Post, "Trump accuses Dems of ‘rooting against’ NKorea talks," 25 May 2018 Ohio has trumpeted more than $1 billion spent on policy efforts, including expanding naloxone access and painkiller-abuse prevention. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Deaths Level Off—and Even Decline—in Some Opioid Hotspots," 31 Dec. 2018 Kapler has trumpeted that message since spring training and repeated it even in the season’s most trying moments. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies climb atop NL East with blowout win over Pirates," 6 July 2018 The opposition trumpeted them as proof of its superior stewardship. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "India Goes Back to the Future—Again—With Economic Growth Revisions," 29 Nov. 2018 Every so often, a story emerges trumpeting a crazy high price tag for an old Beanie Baby. Kate Storey, Country Living, "10 Things You Didn't Know About Beanie Babies," 17 Dec. 2015 Trump took to Twitter to trumpet the parade and lack of ICBMs. Emily Stewart, Vox, "North Korea kept long-range missiles out of its military parade. It could be a good sign for nuclear talks.," 9 Sep. 2018 In the distance looms the Gothic cupola of the parliament, a fairy-tale concoction trumpeting the pride of a nation that once commanded more than four times its current size. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of trumpet

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for trumpet

Noun

Middle English trompette, from Anglo-French, from trumpe trump

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trumpet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trumpet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a brass musical instrument that you blow into that has three buttons which you press to play different notes
: something shaped like a trumpet

trumpet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trumpet (Entry 2 of 2)

: to praise (something) loudly and publicly especially in a way that is annoying
: to make a sound like a trumpet

trumpet

noun
trum·​pet | \ ˈtrəm-pət How to pronounce trumpet (audio) \

Kids Definition of trumpet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a brass musical instrument that consists of a tube formed into a long loop with a wide opening at one end and that has valves by which different tones are produced
2 : something that is shaped like a trumpet the trumpet of a lily

trumpet

verb
trumpeted; trumpeting

Kids Definition of trumpet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to blow a trumpet
2 : to make a sound like that of a trumpet The elephant trumpeted loudly.
3 : to praise (something) loudly and publicly

Other Words from trumpet

trumpeter noun

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