fan·​fare ˈfan-ˌfer How to pronounce fanfare (audio)
: a short and lively sounding of trumpets
: a showy outward display

Example Sentences

The new jet was introduced with great fanfare.
Recent Examples on the Web At the time of his hiring at Cincinnati, no coach had experienced greater initial fanfare. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 16 May 2023 The New Republic has learned that with little fanfare, and with even less explanation, the White House has stopped requesting that American think tanks disclose funding from foreign governments. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 12 May 2023 Technology revolutions usually start with little fanfare. Walter Isaacson,, 11 May 2023 However, this year’s celebrations will have much less fanfare as governors in Belgorod, Kursk, Voronezh, Oryol and Pskov as well as the Crimean Peninsula have all canceled their parades, The Guardian reported. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 3 May 2023 This year’s Costume Institute exhibition is dedicated to the late, controversial Karl Lagerfeld, who designed for both Chanel and Fendi to great fanfare for decades. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 2 May 2023 Coming into college with little fanfare, then playing for three offensive coordinators in four seasons, should help Flowers at the next level, said former BC and 18-year NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Ben Volin,, 20 Apr. 2023 Amid much fanfare, NASA expects to name the crew of the Artemis II mission later this spring. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 8 Mar. 2023 Despite much fanfare, Watson’s foray into medicine was a failure(Opens in a new window), and it is now employed in customer service(Opens in a new window). PCMAG, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fanfare was in 1605

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“Fanfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


fan·​fare ˈfan-ˌfa(ə)r How to pronounce fanfare (audio)
: a short stirring tune played by trumpets

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