trum·​pet·​er | \ ˈtrəm-pə-tər How to pronounce trumpeter (audio) \

Definition of trumpeter

1a : a trumpet player specifically : one that gives signals with a trumpet
b : one that praises or advocates : eulogist, spokesman
2a : any of a genus (Psophia of the family Psophiidae) of large gregarious long-legged South American birds that are related to the cranes and have a long thin neck usually held close to the body
b : any of an Asian breed of pigeons with a rounded crest and heavily feathered feet

Examples of trumpeter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also on the program is an unusual set of short virtual performances by La Jolla Symphony’s principal trumpeter, Ken Fitzgerald. Beth Wood Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ‘Music in Community’ concert, an unlikely pairing," 10 Apr. 2021 The trumpeter moved to Los Angeles in search of a career writing scores for movies and TV, and at one point Williams sold his horns to focus on playing guitar. Patrick Connolly,, "Orlando jazz veterans Chris Cortez and Larry Williams team up for concerts, new album," 8 Apr. 2021 Perhaps the stars aligned just right, along with a dose of luck, serendipity and fate, in order to help Cortez, a vocalist, guitarist and composer, meet again with trumpeter and guitarist Larry Williams, also a composer. Patrick Connolly,, "Orlando jazz veterans Chris Cortez and Larry Williams team up for concerts, new album," 8 Apr. 2021 The late Boseman has been cleaning up this awards season for his leave-it-on-the-field performance as a troubled trumpeter in the adaptation of August Wilson’s stage triumph and is widely considered the favorite to win. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s the full list of 2021 Oscar nominations," 15 Mar. 2021 The recording by Armstrong shows the trumpeter’s prowess in the intro and solo. USA Today, "25 essential jazz songs that trace the quintessential American artform through history," 22 Feb. 2021 What followed that week was a set of the group’s most evocative live performances, which serve as a highlight in the 37-year-old trumpeter’s career. Washington Post, "Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah was one of the last musicians to perform in a New York club. The resulting album could win him a Grammy.," 12 Mar. 2021 In the 1970s, down-and-out jazz trumpeter Miles Davis tries to recover his new session tape from music producers. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘The Searchers’; ‘Forrest Gump’," 12 Mar. 2021 Approaching the wreath, Mr. Biden made the sign of the cross before saluting while a military band’s trumpeter played taps. Zach Montague, New York Times, "Former Presidents Accompany Biden to Arlington National Cemetery," 20 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of trumpeter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Trumpeter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trumpeter

: a person who plays a trumpet

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