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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

Example Sentences

Verb even the noblest of fellows have been known to vaunt a bit
Recent Examples on the Web
Regardless of what Garoppolo does, the 49ers’ defense has to re-vaunt itself. Scott Ostler,, 20 Sep. 2020 Only in later years was Ms. Rol-Tanguy vaunted for her role in the Allied liberation of France in August 1944. Phil Davison,, 13 May 2020 The new effort will not have access to Sanders’s vaunted e-mail list, Weaver said. Shane Goldmacher,, 28 Apr. 2020 Quarterback Kyler Murray had a promising rookie season, and Arizona had to continue to protect its investment against the 49ers vaunted defensive line. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, 27 Apr. 2020 Paradoxically, the Valley’s vaunted commitment to transparency and social change gets in the way of perceiving its actual social effects. Ismail Muhammad, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2020 Despite the technology’s vaunted promises, there are still many tasks – even technical ones – that humans do better. Kevin O’kelly, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Apr. 2020 One of France’s vaunted high-speed trains derailed Thursday morning on a trip to Paris, injuring 21 people including the driver, officials said. USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2020 This stat also highlights the shortcomings of Michigan’s vaunted receiving corps, a group that accounted for 22 drops. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 28 Jan. 2020
Perhaps the Huskers’ new hire can have a similar effect and vaunt Nebraska back into his top group. Chris Bumbaca, ajc, 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,, 11 July 2017 See More

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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 30 Nov. 2022.

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