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

Definition of vaunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of vaunt (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a vainglorious display of what one is or has or has done
2 : a bragging assertive statement

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Other Words from vaunt


vaunter noun
vauntingly \ ˈvȯn-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce vauntingly (audio) , ˈvän-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for vaunt

Synonyms: Verb

blow, boast, brag, bull [slang], crow, gasconade, swagger, vapor

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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


even the noblest of fellows have been known to vaunt a bit

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For those who flock to the School of Supernatural Ministry, proximity to Bethel’s vaunted spiritual leaders, Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton, and the promise of direct access to the supernatural are a powerful draw. Vanessa Rancano, The Mercury News, "How Redding became an unlikely epicenter of modern Christian culture," 19 June 2019 Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about Hamilton had vaunted him to untouchable popularity. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Image of Harriet Tubman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill," 18 June 2019 Come Thursday night, Hayes will occupy the draft’s vaunted green room alongside the likes of Zion Willimson, Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett. Nick Moyle,, "Texas’ Jaxson Hayes could be top 10 pick in NBA draft," 18 June 2019 The Eagles’ vaunted defensive front had been frustrated for three quarters. Michael Rosenberg,, "Underdog Eagles Played Fearlessly Against the Patriots, and Now They're Super Bowl Champions," 5 Feb. 2018 The worries have accelerated with the global rise of telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co.—which the U.S. government accuses of spying for Beijing—and a blitz of Chinese investment in Israel’s vaunted tech industry. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Chinese Investment in Israel Raises Security Fears," 11 Feb. 2019 South Korea is often vaunted as one of capitalism’s biggest success stories. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Asia’s Most Radical Left-Wing Economic Program Faces a Harsh Reality," 20 Feb. 2019 Mapes also is the highest-ranking official to leave Madigan’s vaunted political and governmental organization as the #MeToo movement continues to rock the Illinois Capitol. Kim Geiger,, "Speaker Madigan's chief of staff resigns hours after aide accused him of repeated sexually inappropriate comments," 7 June 2018 And Cadillac’s semiautonomous Super Cruise technology — which allows full hands-free driving on most major highways — is being hailed by some critics as superior to Tesla’s vaunted Autopilot, particularly for its emphasis on safe operation. Lawrence Ulrich, New York Times, "Cadillac Makes Great Cars. Too Bad Americans Want S.U.V.s.," 17 May 2018

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Perhaps the Huskers’ new hire can have a similar effect and vaunt Nebraska back into his top group. Chris Bumbaca, ajc, "Nebraska recruiting: Isaah Crocker gives update on Huskers, targets get home visits from other schools," 1 Dec. 2017 French bank lobby vaunts Macron reforms in annual conference Prime Minister Philippe offers tax cuts to woo London bankers France’s financial lobby insists the battle for post-Brexit banking jobs isn’t over. Fabio Benedetti Valentini,, "Paris Insists Battle for Brexit Jobs Isn't Over as Dimon Visits," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of vaunt


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vaunt


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

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