From Middle English trumpette, trompette (“trumpet”) from Old French trompette (“trumpet”), diminutive of trompe (“horn, trump, trumpet”), from Frankish *trumpa, *trumba (“trumpet”). Akin to Old High German trumpa, trumba (“horn, trumpet”), Middle Dutch tromme (“drum”), Middle Low German trumme (“drum”). More at drum.
trumpet (plural trumpets)
- (music) A musical instrument of the brass family, generally tuned to the key of B-flat; by extension, any type of lip-vibrated aerophone, most often valveless and not chromatic.
- The royal herald sounded a trumpet to announce their arrival.
- In an orchestra or other musical group, a musician that plays the trumpet.
- The trumpets were assigned to stand at the rear of the orchestra pit.
- The cry of an elephant.
- The large bull gave a basso trumpet as he charged the hunters.
- (figuratively) One who praises, or propagates praise, or is the instrument of propagating it.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- That great politician was pleased to have the greatest wit of those times […] to be the trumpet of his praises.
- A funnel, or short flaring pipe, used as a guide or conductor, as for yarn in a knitting machine.
- (musical instrument): cornet
- 2009. Tipbook Trumpet and Trombone, Flugelhorn and Cornet: The Complete Guide. Hugo Pinksterboer. Pg. 141.
- (intransitive) To sound loudly, be amplified
- The music trumpeted from the speakers, hurting my ears.
- (intransitive) To play the trumpet.
- Cedric made a living trumpeting for the change of passersby in the subway.
- (intransitive) Of an elephant, to make its cry.
- The circus trainer cracked the whip, signaling the elephant to trumpet.
- (transitive) To proclaim loudly; to promote enthusiastically
- Andy trumpeted Jane's secret across the school, much to her embarrassment.
- Francis Bacon
- They did nothing but publish and trumpet all the reproaches they could devise against the Irish.
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