\ 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

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Synonyms: Verb

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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

Verb even the noblest of fellows have been known to vaunt a bit
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Watson had 234 yards passing and threw touchdown passes of 14, 13, and 35 yards as Houston (8-4) built a 21-3 lead against New England’s vaunted defense. Kristie Rieken, The Denver Post, "Deshaun Watson throws 3 TDs, catches another as Texans top Patriots," 1 Dec. 2019 During the previous three games, the Gators’ vaunted defense was pushed around a bit by LSU and Georgia. Kyle Wood,, "UF linebacker Mohamoud Diabate delivers breakout game as Gators’ defense finds its mojo," 9 Nov. 2019 On June 17, four EU leaders led by French President Emmanuel Macron warned in a letter to Mr. Juncker that quotas granted via trade agreements risk destabilizing Europe’s vaunted farming and livestock industries. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "EU, Mercosur Reach Agreement on Trade," 28 June 2019 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov echoed the forum’s plea for more international cooperation — and used it to vaunt Moscow’s hard-line world view and criticism of the West., "Some 30 heads of state or government, high-level officials from other countries, and the leaders of 10 international organizations on Tuesday joined hundreds of activists, entrepreneurs, and others at the Paris Peace Forum. The United States did not send a government official to the event.," 13 Nov. 2019 The freshman running back had a breakthrough performance against LSU’s vaunted run defense, rushing for 130 yards on 13 carries while adding 21 receiving yards on a pair of receptions. Tom Green |, al, "Tiger Buzz: Breaking down No. 11 Auburn vs. Ole Miss," 2 Nov. 2019 He was frequently beaten to the punch by Derevyanchenko, who ignored the cut and Golovkin’s vaunted power to nearly pull off the upset. Los Angeles Times, "Gennady Golovkin edges Sergiy Derevyanchenko to regain a middleweight title," 5 Oct. 2019 The injuries were an early test for Denver’s vaunted depth. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets get one starter back, suffer injuries to two others in win over Heat," 5 Nov. 2019 Children know more about right and wrong than sheriff Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely is the most recent Alabama public official to turn against the state’s vaunted ethics law. John Archibald |, al, "Children know what this sheriff doesn’t," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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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“Vaunt.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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