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 After Anthony no longer could commit to performing, he was named principal trumpet emeritus in June 2019. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Ryan Anthony, nationally acclaimed Dallas Symphony trumpeter, dies at 51," 24 June 2020 These hybrids can grow as tall as trumpet lilies (depending on the variety, Orienpets can be 3 to 8 feet tall), but have the large, dreamy blooms of Oriental lilies. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "What Are Orienpet Lilies and Why You Need Them in You Garden," 23 June 2020 Those who wish to be guided by Kierkegaard’s thought sundered from his belief in God might as well try listening to Louis Armstrong without his trumpet. Harper's Magazine, "Letters," 23 June 2020 Miller -- who played the congas, trumpet and guitar to the delight of his family -- also excelled as a community leader. Jon Sarlin, CNN, "A father was choked to death by the NYPD 42 years ago. His family has never recovered," 21 June 2020 At first, perhaps looking to be different, Tavani gravitated to the trumpet. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra’s newest members share their stories, memories," 18 June 2020 Villanueva has an organization, Taps for Veterans, that helps match live buglers and trumpet players with military families for funerals and ceremonies. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Crosby band students support troops on Memorial Day with ‘Taps’ project," 13 June 2020 The mural features an angel blowing a trumpet in front of the silhouette of a solider and a health care worker. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Chalk mural in Plano’s Memorial Park honors U.S. military and health care workers," 8 June 2020 For now, the White House is publicly steering clear of the issue other than to trumpet existing achievements. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Allies urge Trump not to forget criminal justice reform as cities burn," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the university hasn’t exactly trumpeted their association with Little Richard. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Little Richard’s deep, slightly complicated Alabama roots," 20 May 2020 But the Buckeyes have trumpeted the Burrow plan as one that can reassure players heading into stiff competition. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "How Chase Young, Jeff Okudah, Joe Burrow, Damon Arnette, Jonah Jackson and Davon Hamilton explain Ohio State football’s development plan," 25 Apr. 2020 North Korea has trumpeted that it is unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic that has brought much of the globe to a standstill, but on Wednesday advised people to practice social distancing to prevent spreading the virus. Fox News, "North Korea encourages social distancing to prevent coronavirus, even as country claims no confirmed cases," 25 Mar. 2020 Under the hood is the company’s grandiloquent twin-turbo V8, trumpeting and tromboning and trilling to 7,500 rpm and 591 hp output. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2020 Ferrari Portofino: An Everyday Supercar for the Very Wealthy," 23 Jan. 2020 This trend of companies trumpeting their donations while short-changing their own employees is bizarre. Vatsal Bhandari, Quartz India, "Stressed Indian companies are donating big time to PM Cares—at their employees’ expense," 6 May 2020 Oregon didn’t issue a news release on Friday trumpeting the move. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Canzano: Check that, Oregon beats out Oregon State for Devon Williams," 27 Sep. 2019 The designers of Zero's latest electric ride left the 14-kWh battery exposed, as if to trumpet the potential of our high-performance, rechargeable future. Wired, "Zero's Latest Electric Motorcycle Makes for a Zappy Commute," 24 Sep. 2019 Most likely, the hinted allusion is to the younger, African-American ensemble members in the cast, as if to trumpet Steppenwolf’s rebranding of Chicago-style with more inclusivity. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘True West’ is back at Steppenwolf, wrestling with the ghosts of Malkovich, Sinise and Shepard," 15 July 2019

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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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The first known use of trumpet was in the 14th century

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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trumpet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trumpet. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for trumpet

trumpet

noun
How to pronounce trumpet (audio)

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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