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

In childhood and college, Will played the trumpet but switched to mainly guitar for many years before finding a love of drumming. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Educators spread the joy of music to many. And they accidentally led me to my wife," 6 July 2018 This dog was struck with musical inspiration after a man on a nearby park bench played the trumpet. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Trumpet player up for music fest’s challenge," 31 May 2018 Then the big trumpet mushrooms with fiddleheads, another spring specialty. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Best new restaurants and bars to visit in the Mission right now," 17 June 2018 Pachyderms can detect stomps and trumpets that rumble through the ground, allowing them to transmit information about impending threats across long distances. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Earthquake-Monitoring Technology May Help Protect Elephants from Poachers," 9 May 2018 Young people easily recognize the guitar, the piano, and even the trumpet – but the nay for them is often a mystery. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "In rediscovered reed flute, a soulful link to Jordanian identity," 13 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But that didn't stop TMZ from trumpeting the news that the three men had accused Spacey, who has already been accused of acts ranging from groping to rape by at least 15 men over decades, most of whom are in the U.S. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Kevin Spacey: British police probing new sexual-assault allegations from three accusers," 3 July 2018 Many wore pins trumpeting movements like Time's Up or ribbons highlighting left-leaning organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union. NBC News, "Robert De Niro drops the F-bomb on Trump — twice — at Tonys," 11 June 2018 The departures didn’t deter R3’s ambitions, though, and the startup trumpeted a $107 million funding round in May of last year. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Blockchain Firm R3 Is Running Out of Money, Sources Say," 7 June 2018 He's also made multiple appearances for America First Policies trumpeting the tax cuts. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Vice President Mike Pence coming to Charlotte to sell tax cuts | Charlotte Observer," 20 Apr. 2018 The Senate Republican budget has been trumpeted as allowing for tax cuts and still balancing the budget in a decade. Bloomberg.com, "Senate GOP Budget Balance Relies on Ignoring Social Security," 20 Oct. 2017 The Obama Administration invested $84 million in the technology, and in a rare act of bipartisanship, one of those investments has been trumpeted by current Energy Secretary Rick Perry. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Does Clean Coal Work?," 23 Aug. 2017 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

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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 \

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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