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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An attendee began the ceremonies by blasting a shofar, the trumpet made out of a ram’s horn. USA Today, "How the South and Southwest became the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic," 10 Dec. 2020 In addition to the spicy pork version, Lohn makes lemongrass beef, pulled chicken, pulled trumpet mushroom and fried egg with pork floss num pang. Jenn Harris Senior Food Writer, Los Angeles Times, "What We’re Into: Obsessing over the spicy pork num pang from Gamboge," 8 Dec. 2020 What is the all-time greatest trumpet solo in the history of music? Katie Bain, Billboard, "20 Questions With Timmy Trumpet: Australian Producer On His New Album & the Best Trumpet Solo of All Time," 3 Dec. 2020 Boseman's performance as trumpet player Levee in the movie is being widely praised, and according to his costars, the Black Panther icon was a pleasure to work with. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Viola Davis Says Costar Chadwick Boseman "Lived with the Utmost Integrity"," 19 Dec. 2020 Some of the movie’s most affecting scenes feature Levee, a zealous and temperamental trumpet player, whom Boseman inhabits with characteristic grace. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the Liberating Power of Music," 19 Dec. 2020 Steven, who had begun playing alto saxophone at 8, formed a quintet called the Uniques with his trumpet-playing older brother, Hal. Julia Carmel, New York Times, "Steve Grossman, Hired as a Teenager by Miles Davis, Dies at 69," 21 Aug. 2020 As an ambitious trumpet player in Ma Rainey’s band who clashes with the temperamental performer, the film is at its most dynamic whenever Boseman is at the center of it. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Every Movie We're Excited About This December," 15 Dec. 2020 He’s not just Australia’s best trumpet player but an amazing entertainer. Katie Bain, Billboard, "20 Questions With Timmy Trumpet: Australian Producer On His New Album & the Best Trumpet Solo of All Time," 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What the education secretary does have is a bully pulpit – a megaphone to trumpet the president's ideals and priorities. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Biden poised to pick Connecticut schools chief Miguel Cardona as Education secretary, reports say," 22 Dec. 2020 But five days into the largest vaccination campaign in the nation's history, Trump has held no public events to trumpet the rollout. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Mike Pence, wife Karen, get coronavirus vaccine injections on live TV," 18 Dec. 2020 The Bruins announced the signing of 15 players but would have liked to trumpet the arrival of a few more, including quarterback Jaxson Dart, who picked USC. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Late recruiting push has UCLA flipping over its signing-day successes," 16 Dec. 2020 The bank’s alternative gave it more latitude to trumpet its green credentials and continue to finance polluters, Burke said. Alastair Marsh, Bloomberg.com, "Targeting Barclays, Climate Activists Fight Their Way to Draw," 15 Dec. 2020 Still, day after day, state health officials trumpet the total number of cases over the past eight months, painting the gigantic number atop their online report. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida’s 1 million COVID-19 cases: What do they really mean?," 3 Dec. 2020 Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have marshaled musicians, Twitter and Facebook partisans, officials and lobbyists to trumpet their cause and paint the other side as subhuman killers. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Around Nagorno-Karabakh, an all-out media war unfolds," 10 Nov. 2020 In a statement posted on Twitter, Mitchell is quick to trumpet the ruling as a massive legal victory. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Billy Mitchell’s Donkey Kong high-score case will move forward to trial," 28 Oct. 2020 To trumpet the cause, Winter’s will present a 60-minute livestream featuring pianist Ben Paterson playing and singing at 3 p.m. Oct. 3. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Winter’s Jazz Club owner hopes to reopen in spring as he recovers from health problems," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for trumpet

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

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Last Updated

16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Trumpet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trumpet. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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