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ˈvȯnt How to pronounce vaunt (audio)
vaunted; vaunting; vaunts

intransitive verb

: to make a vain display of one's own worth or attainments : brag

transitive verb

: to call attention to pridefully and often boastfully
people who vaunt their ingenuity
vaunter noun
vauntingly adverb


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: a vainglorious display of what one is or has or has done
: a bragging assertive statement
Choose the Right Synonym for vaunt

boast, brag, vaunt, crow mean to express pride in oneself or one's accomplishments.

boast often suggests ostentation and exaggeration

boasts of every trivial success

, but it may imply a claiming with proper and justifiable pride.

the town boasts one of the best museums in the area

brag suggests crudity and artlessness in glorifying oneself.

bragging of their exploits

vaunt usually connotes more pomp and bombast than boast and less crudity or naïveté than brag.

vaunted his country's military might

crow usually implies exultant boasting or bragging.

crowed after winning the championship

Examples of vaunt in a Sentence

Verb even the noblest of fellows have been known to vaunt a bit
Recent Examples on the Web
How can a political system vaunted for its checks and balances allow one person to act so freely? James Goldgeier, Foreign Affairs, 14 Aug. 2018 For a team as vaunted as UConn for its offensive attack that might seem out of character. NBC News, 7 Apr. 2024
Many of its contributors vaunt transparency as a value in itself. Kenneth Neil Cukier, Foreign Affairs, 11 June 2019 Perhaps the Huskers’ new hire can have a similar effect and vaunt Nebraska back into his top group. Chris Bumbaca, ajc, 1 Dec. 2017 See all Example Sentences for vaunt 

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Word History



Middle English vaunten "to speak vainly, boast," borrowed from Anglo-French vanter, vaunter, going back to Late Latin vānitāre (only in participial forms vānitantēs, vānitantia), frequentative derivative of *vānāre "to make a vain display," derivative of Latin vānus "lacking content, empty, illusory, marked by foolish or empty pride" — more at wane entry 1


Middle English, probably aphetic form of avaunt "boast," noun derivative of avaunten "to boast, brag," borrowed from Anglo-French avanter "to boast about," from a-, prefix in transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad-) + vanter "to boast" — more at ad-, vaunt entry 1

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vaunt was in the 14th century

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“Vaunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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