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 trumpetlike (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 This style of thinking mirrors that of Li Honghzi, a former trumpet player from China who founded Falun Gong and now lives in upstate New York. Seth Hettena, The New Republic, "The Obscure Newspaper Fueling the Far-Right in Europe," 17 Sep. 2019 Ojeda was a brilliant trumpet player, as is demonstrated by archival sound recordings Marrero located. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "New film revisits man behind infamous Wells Fargo robbery in West Hartford in 1983 by Puerto Rican nationalists," 24 Aug. 2019 Mic Gillette, the wondrous trumpet player of the original Tower of Power band, laid out some fanfare. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "DeMarcus Cousins’ latest injury: How much can one man take?," 16 Aug. 2019 Lori Lightfoot is a trumpet player and music fan who also happens to be the mayor of Chicago. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: New law bars Illinois employers from asking for pay history, neighbors wary of land grab by elite Lincoln Park school and other things to know to start your day," 1 Aug. 2019 David Lindquist/IndyStar, David Lindquist/IndyStar Guitarist Bill Frisell and trumpet player Arturo Sandoval highlight the lineup for the 2019 Indy Jazz Fest, scheduled Sept. 12-21 at six venues. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Indy Jazz Fest unveils lineup featuring Bill Frisell, Arturo Sandoval," 28 July 2019 Her son, Jonathan, is a senior student and plays the trumpet in the band. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "East Ridge High band officials say show will go on despite fire," 11 Sep. 2019 In the 2016 São Paulo Biennial, for instance, Mr. Navarro attached a giant brass trumpet-like device to a palm tree. Meredith Mendelsohn, New York Times, "What’s for Lunch? Soup, With a Side of Art," 10 Apr. 2018 The yellow jonquil has a center trumpet surrounded by slender leaves that brings to mind a cup and saucer. BostonGlobe.com, "This cafe makes cakes that are art and drinks with state-of-the-art machines - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The spotlight turned to Welch, and the countless profiles and articles that trumpeted his management savvy inevitably discussed the central role of Six Sigma. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "Whatever happened to Six Sigma?," 3 Sep. 2019 On Saturday against the Fire, Adi finally broke through, delivering on the promise his acquisition trumpeted to the American soccer community last summer. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Fanendo Adi: 'It's been one hell of a year' for me, FC Cincinnati," 14 July 2019 Russian media already have trumpeted statements by Mr. Trump suggesting sympathy for the Russian position on Crimea as proof the Americans have thrown in the towel on the subject. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "The Risks Lying Within Donald Trump’s One-on-One Meeting With Vladimir Putin," 9 July 2018 Throughout the 2019 Women’s World Cup, FIFA has been trumpeting record television viewership (in Brazil, 35.2 million watched France versus Brazil for the biggest Women’s World Cup audience ever). Shira Springer, BostonGlobe.com, "What needs to be done to grow women’s soccer?," 29 June 2019 El Salvador, a tiny, hilly country of 6.4m people, was once trumpeted as a model for conflict resolution. The Economist, "El Salvador stops honouring the leader of the El Mozote massacre," 8 June 2019 Israelis fear a Trump-Rouhani meeting would play out much like the summits between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in which the president trumpets his closeness with the autocratic leader even as North Korea’s arms testing continues. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "What does John Bolton’s departure mean for Israel?," 11 Sep. 2019 Whether that exposed a weak CU pass defense or trumpeted the return of the Rams’ aerial excellence remains to be seen. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs vs. Nebraska at Folsom Field: Who has the edge, predictions and 3 things to watch," 6 Sep. 2019 Abbott trumpeted the program as a statewide model in a school safety plan his office rolled out after the Santa Fe shooting last year. Allie Morris, ExpressNews.com, "Prompted by mass shootings, Texas poured $5M into unproven mental health program," 6 Aug. 2019

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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

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

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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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