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)


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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trumpet 1a

In the meaning defined above

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trumpetlike \ ˈtrəm-​pət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce trumpet (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ingram’s professional focus is jarred, however, by the death of his white Army buddy Ben Kinslow, a sometime trumpet player, in a car crash on Mulholland Drive. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2022 One feature might be the line at the edge of a trumpet. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Meute’s founder and trumpet player Thomas Burhorn says via Zoom from his hometown in Hamburg. Charlie Amter, Variety, 22 Mar. 2022 The trumpet solos will be played by Young Lions Conservatory member Ben Delgado. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2022 López and Trompita, which means trumpet in Spanish, were both honored by the zoo for their heroic teamwork. Zulekha Nathoo, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 The Cuban trumpeter, pianist, and composer was first brought to the world’s attention under the wing of trumpet legend Dizzy Gillespie., 12 May 2022 Men will be sleeping with each other when the trumpet sounds. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Garlic fried rice provides a trumpet blast of garlic and yellow squiggles of scrambled egg amid the greaseless grains, whose topper of fried shrimp isn’t necessary to enjoy the dish. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Why bother with printed catalogs, now that seed companies trumpet those hopelessly appealing, magic packets online? Amy Merrick, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 The more Biden feels compelled by high gas prices to trumpet oil and gas drilling, the worse those divisions will get. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 9 Mar. 2022 The timely introduction of CARE Court gives Newsom an opportunity in his annual address to trumpet a new solution for homelessness, a problem that’s top of mind to voters, and to show he’s heeding their calls to do better. Taryn Luna Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Rather than rendering an authentic physical likeness, portraits of leaders can trumpet their strategic prowess and titanic authority. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, 25 Feb. 2022 Engineers of nearly 60 trains every weekday no longer are to routinely trumpet their way through 35 Orlando intersections, sounding a practiced and thunderous melody of blasts – two longs, a short and a final long. Kevin Spear,, 3 Feb. 2022 And there are murals portraying neighbors that trumpet the area’s vibrant character. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Feb. 2022 The University of Maryland could trumpet its first place showing for the online MBA that is best in marketing. John Byrne, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 The new medium gave presidents a platform to trumpet their accomplishments and agendas directly to the American people every year. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of trumpet


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


1530, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for trumpet


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

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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


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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