trumpet

noun
trum·pet | \ ˈtrəm-pət \

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 \ 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

Popularly known as DJ Switch, Erica Tandoh started deejaying at nine years old and juggles her budding career with school, dance and playing the trumpet. Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Maxine Waters Calls For The Public To ‘Push Back’ On Trump Administration," 25 June 2018 Inspired by that event, Akinmusire and Evans, both of whom are also trumpet players, will square off inside the gallery space. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Intimate paintings of queer men, African blacksmiths' ironworks and an indispensable assistant's exhibit," 31 May 2018 Taps was performed by Glenbrook South High School senior trumpet players Ralph Cabaya and Zachary Schiffman. Gina Grillo, chicagotribune.com, "Glenview marks Memorial Day, a time for 'gratitude'," 29 May 2018 The trumpet player has aided Cline with the arrangements and will conduct Saturday’s performance, which will be recorded for a future episode of National Public Radio’s Jazz Night in America, hosted by Philadelphia bass player Christian McBride. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "How Wilco guitarist Nels Cline remade his 'Lovers' especially for Philadelphia," 25 May 2018 About fifteen minutes before the opening whistle, a large contingent of Leon supporters paraded along the walkway of the lower-level seats, waving large flags and blaring trumpets. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "C.F. Pachuca beats Club Leon in third-ever friendly at Miller Park," 11 July 2018 His soaring trumpet playing sings quite memorably on its own. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bayside Summer Nights concert series will feature fireworks galore, plus a few rock and R&B legends," 28 June 2018 Pirner's entry into music was in third grade, playing trumpet in a school band. Craig Rosen, Billboard, "Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner Talks Moving Past 'Absolute Embarrassment' to Reissue Band's First Two Albums," 27 June 2018 The group lost another longtime family member, trumpet player Mic Gillette, who died suddenly of a heart attack in 2016. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, "How Tower of Power endured tragedy to celebrate 50 years as Oakland’s funky ambassadors," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Playing off Tesla’s notoriety in the electric vehicle market, these license plates poke fun at gasoline-powered cars and trumpet their own eco-friendliness. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "Tesla car owners' clever license plates praise electricity, denounce gas," 4 July 2018 Umbrage at Cundy's comments reflected disbelief that a view apparently tinged by gender bias could be trumpeted so plainly amid the current reckoning with discrimination and abuse endured by women. Isaac Stanley-becker, chicagotribune.com, "'I prefer to hear a male voice': Women commentators find harsh judgment at World Cup," 26 June 2018 Outside sit lawn statues of praying cherubs and trumpeting elephants, arrayed before a small forest of plants and trees. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "Hire American? Without foreign workers, a Chesco garden business could wither," 20 Apr. 2018 That's why the city aims to boost its infrastructure around the area, trumpeting special dark fiber connections useful to companies with high-tech operations. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Mesa to sink $10 million into Elliot Road expansion for tech corridor," 19 Apr. 2018 Both have made repeated visits there and both have trumpeted endorsements from Puerto Rican political leaders. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Poll of Puerto Ricans in Florida has good news for Dems — and for Gov. Scott," 30 June 2018 Ross used the post to promote technology globally and trumpeted social media as an engine for resisting autocratic rule, including, most notably, during the 2010 Arab Spring. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "Alec Ross: Tech guru sets his sights on new horizon, becoming Maryland governor," 12 June 2018 Magid also spoke of the near-fist fight between Frampton’s manager, Dee Anthony, and his Yes counterpart, Brian Lane, that erupted backstage after a banner plane trumpeting Yes flew during Frampton’s late-afternoon set. Chuck Darrow, Philly.com, "Why are Philadelphians so obsessed with the band Yes?," 12 July 2018 De Forest is a hairstylist who created the makeshift dual-purpose museum to honor the African-American beauty pioneer and the historic radio station that trumpeted the civil rights movement. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Bitter sting as Atlanta officials sour on Sweet Auburn," 2 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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Phrases Related to trumpet

blow one's own trumpet

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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 \

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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