\ˈvȯnt, 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, 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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This story inadvertently triggered a daylong debate on Twitter after Frier, citing Facebook, reported that the company’s vaunted election war room had been shut down and replaced with a Friday-morning meeting. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 Worse for United, perhaps, is that its coach, Mourinho, has long had the air of a man at odds not only with the club’s vaunted attacking traditions, but also with its self-confidence, its indomitable pride. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Paul Pogba and Manchester United Spoil City’s Championship Party," 7 Apr. 2018 The first big reveal for Clemson’s vaunted defensive line, which could produce a handful of first-round draft picks. Conor Orr,, "An NFL Fan’s Viewing Guide to the 2019 College Football Season," 13 July 2018 The Tigers were the presumptive favorite until kickoff, when the absence of Deshaun Watson became glaring for the first time all year and Alabama wore down Clemson’s vaunted defensive line. Joan Niesen,, "The College Football Playoff's Sweet 16: Imagining the Ultimate Bracket," 20 Mar. 2018 Stretched thin by the absence of Andre Iguodala due to a leg injury, Golden State’s vaunted offense produced more turnovers (4) than field goals (3) in the final period. Ben Golliver,, "The Warriors' Oldest Nemesis Returns With a Vengeance," 23 May 2018 Matchup to watch: The Nationals’ vaunted pitching staff limited the Cubs to a .221/.302/.416 batting line in the regular season, with C Willson Contreras (.375/.400/1.000) accounting for five of the 10 home runs hit off Washington pitchers. Jeff Sanders,, "NLDS at a glance: Cubs vs. Nationals," 5 Oct. 2017 But others have defended it as a necessary measure to ensure Quebec’s vaunted secularism and way of life. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Don’t Burn Women: Warning to Immigrants Looms Over a Quebec Village," 12 Apr. 2018 Underused stations on expensive tracks are one of the many reasons France’s vaunted rail system is insolvent, subsisting on life support from the state., "France’s Once-Vaunted Trains Are Macron’s Biggest Challenge Yet," 3 Apr. 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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