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 Musicians stroll the streets — a trumpeter here, an organ-grinder there, a five-piece musical group — playing tunes in hopes people will throw coins. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "The world is awash in different lockdown rules and workarounds. Here’s how Post correspondents have coped.," 7 May 2020 Others include trumpeters Nicholas Payton and Terence Blanchard, saxophonists Donald Harrison and Victor Goines, and bassist Reginald Veal. Author: Janet Mcconnaughey, Rebecca Santana, Anchorage Daily News, "New Orleans jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead of COVID-related illness," 2 Apr. 2020 The playing was accomplished but often unbalanced: With trumpeter William Gerlach and hornist Abel Pereira leading the way, the brass was in particularly fine form, but also tended to take over the discussion, even in secondary lines. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, "Noseda returns to the NSO podium and, just in time, finds the narrative," 21 Feb. 2020 Erhlich’s dexterity as a drummer kicked up some dust, and Kakacek, trumpeter Will Miller and keyboardist Malcolm Brown didn’t just color the music, but injected it with some jump. Greg Kot,, "Concert review: Whitney makes small moments count at Thalia Hall," 3 Dec. 2019 Both Morgan and Mobley get brief star turns, the younger trumpeter blasting away first and the saxophonist rising to match his energy. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Dirty Projectors Also Covered John Lennon, Thankfully, and 10 More New Songs," 20 Mar. 2020 The late trumpeter will be honored with Marcus Belgrave Drive, a ceremonial renaming of Randolph Street at Madison — just down the block from Aretha Franklin Way and around from a new Stevie Wonder mural gracing Music Hall. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Jazz great Marcus Belgrave getting a street in downtown Detroit," 28 Aug. 2019 The late trumpeter’s family approved a Dogfish 40th-anniversary wood-aged fusion of African honey beer (tej) and imperial stout with brown sugar as homage to Bitches Brew that Calagione claims mirrors Davis’ innovative mix of jazz, rock, and funk. A.d. Amorosi,, "Dogfish Head creates special Flaming Lips, Firefly festival beers for Record Store Day," 19 Apr. 2018 Tyner was teamed with Philadelphia sax player Benny Golson and trumpeter Art Farmer in 1960 when Coltrane, out on his own after playing with Miles Davis, came calling. Dan Deluca,, "Philadelphia loses a native-son jazz giant: Groundbreaking pianist McCoy Tyner dies at 81," 8 Mar. 2020

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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 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trumpeter

: a person who plays a trumpet

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