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

Fishman has served in the Israeli Army Orchestra as vocal soloist and trumpet player. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "Boca synagogue hires its first female cantor," 11 July 2019 To be fair, my trumpet playing skills were a little rusty. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Move over Attack Squirrel, the T-Town Python is now on Twitter, too," 19 June 2019 The jazz musician also served as trumpet player and bandleader for her album Cheek to Cheek with Tony Bennett. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Lady Gaga Shares Stage Kiss with Longtime Married Friend and Trumpet Player Brian Newman," 16 June 2019 Here Comes Satchmo!--Jazz artist Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong, wearing a colorful shirt and wide smile, holds up his trumpet before taking off from Idelwild Airport on concert tour of five South American countries. Doug Maccash, nola.com, "Louis Armstrong recordings among 500,000 lost in 2008 fire: report," 11 June 2019 The concert is dedicated to the memory of former Medina Community Band trumpet player Robert James Ullery. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "AAUW awards scholarships to two local women: Whit & Whimsey," 7 June 2019 On one of those prospecting trips, Jimmie Lunceford first heard Gerald Wilson, who joined Lunceford's trumpet section in 1939. Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jazz from Detroit': Exclusive excerpt from new book about city's remarkable jazz legacy," 30 June 2019 As the machines maneuvered behind the tuba and trumpet players, Ian perked up. Andrew Curry, WIRED, "One Boy’s Dream Vacation to See Giant Construction Equipment," 26 June 2019 But what an extraordinary last trumpet note that would be. Scott Huver, CNN, "William Shatner would play Captain Kirk again for Tarantino -- but don't ask him to really go into space," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One concerns the impact of lower rates on the macroeconomy—the effect trumpeted by central banks. The Economist, "Should egalitarians fear low interest rates?," 11 July 2019 The facts weren’t on Trump’s side, as virtually every news outlet was eager to trumpet. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Trump’s Personality Is His Biggest Reelection Obstacle," 19 June 2019 Coming off a winter shakeup to its flight scheduling framework at DIA designed to provide more morning service to the East and West coasts for business travelers, United has been trumpeting its connection to the Denver market often in recent months. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "United Airlines will now fly at least 500 flights out of Denver three days a week," 7 June 2019 Perhaps the most sweeping embrace of facial recognition has come from China, which has trumpeted its ability to find a single criminal amidst giant crowds. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "San Francisco Is Preparing to Ban Facial Recognition Technology," 14 May 2019 The debunked theory that the MMR vaccine causes autism has been trumpeted on platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, as well as through professional-looking websites and pamphlets, and by celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "How do you persuade people to vaccinate? Clark County measles outbreak highlights the difficulties," 13 Apr. 2019 Even ten years ago, headlines trumpeted that boys were failing: falling behind girls in academic achievement, suffering from more mental illness, succumbing to drug abuse, and getting into more trouble. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, "Studies Show Boys Who Are Close to Their Mothers Do Better, Physically and Psychologically," 30 Apr. 2019 As part of its second quarter of 2018 earnings announcement on Wednesday, the company trumpeted a huge jump in both year-over-year revenue (42 percent) and profit (31 percent). Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Facebook stock dives nearly 20% on warning of slow revenue growth," 25 July 2018 Some officers use orange safety cones as trumpets as they dance. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Dancing Virginia police officers make ‘lip sync challenge’ video viewed by millions," 11 July 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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