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Meaning of trumpet by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A trumpet ( sense 1 ).


    From Middle English trumpette, trompette ( “trumpet” ) from Old French trompette ( “trumpet” ), diminutive of trompe ( “horn, trump, trumpet” ), of Germanic origin, from Low 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 .


    • IPA: /ˈtrʌmpət/, X-SAMPA: /"trVmp@t/


    trumpet ( plural: trumpets )

    1. A musical instrument of the brass family, generally tuned to the key of B-flat .
      The royal herald sounded a trumpet to announce their arrival .
    2. 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 .
    3. The cry of an elephant .
      The large bull gave a basso trumpet as he charged the hunters .



    trumpet ( third-person singular simple present trumpets present participle trumpeting, simple past and past participle trumpeted )

    1. ( intransitive ) To sound loudly, be amplified
      The music trumpeted from the speakers, hurting my ears .
    2. ( intransitive ) To play the trumpet .
      Cedric made a living trumpeting for the change of passersby in the subway .
    3. ( intransitive ) Of an elephant, to make its cry .
      The circus trainer cracked the whip, signaling the elephant to trumpet .
    4. ( transitive ) To proclaim loudly; to promote enthusiastically
      Andy trumpeted Jane's secret across the school, much to her embarrassment .
      Bill has trumpeted the cause of debt relief for Africa far and wide .

Explanation of trumpet by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. utter in trumpet-like sounds

    2. Elephants are trumpeting
    3. proclaim on, or as if on, a trumpet

    4. Liberals like to trumpet their opposition to the death penalty
    5. play or blow on the trumpet

    1. a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone

    Definition of trumpet by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Trumpet n. [F. trompette, dim. of trompe. See Trump a trumpet.]
      1. ( Mus. ) A wind instrument of great antiquity, much used in war and military exercises, and of great value in the orchestra. In consists of a long metallic tube, curved ( once or twice ) into a convenient shape, and ending in a bell. Its scale in the lower octaves is limited to the first natural harmonics; but there are modern trumpets capable, by means of valves or pistons, of producing every tone within their compass, although at the expense of the true ringing quality of tone.

      The trumpet's loud clangor

      Excites us to arms. Dryden.

      2. ( Mil. ) A trumpeter. Clarendon.

      3. One who praises, or propagates praise, or is the instrument of propagating it. Shak.

      That great politician was pleased to have the greatest wit of those times . . . to be the trumpet of his praises. Dryden.

      4. ( Mach ) A funnel, or short, fiaring pipe, used as a guide or conductor, as for yarn in a knitting machine.

      Ear trumpet. See under Ear. -- Sea trumpet ( Bot. ), a great seaweed ( Ecklonia buccinalis ) of the Southern Ocean. It has a long, hollow stem, enlarging upwards, which may be made into a kind of trumpet, and is used for many purposes. -- Speaking trumpet, an instrument for conveying articulate sounds with increased force. -- Trumpet animalcule ( Zool. ), any infusorian belonging to Stentor and allied genera, in which the body is trumpet-shaped. See Stentor. -- Trumpet ash ( Bot. ), the trumpet creeper. [Eng.] -- Trumpet conch ( Zool. ), a trumpet shell, or triton. -- Trumpet creeper ( Bot. ), an American climbing plant ( Tecoma radicans ) bearing clusters of large red trumpet-shaped flowers; -- called also trumpet flower, and in England trumpet ash. -- Trumpet fish. ( Zool. ) The bellows fish. The fistularia. -- Trumpet flower. ( Bot. ) The trumpet creeper; also, its blossom. The trumpet honeysuckle. A West Indian name for several plants with trumpet-shaped flowers. -- Trumpet fly ( Zool. ), a botfly.
      -- Trumpet honeysuckle ( Bot. ), a twining plant ( Lonicera sempervirens ) with red and yellow trumpet-shaped flowers; -- called also trumpet flower. -- Trumpet leaf ( Bot. ), a name of several plants of the genus Sarracenia. -- Trumpet major ( Mil. ), the chief trumpeter of a band or regiment. -- Trumpet marine ( Mus. ), a monochord, having a thick string, sounded with a bow, and stopped with the thumb so as to produce the harmonic tones; -- said to be the oldest bowed instrument known, and in form the archetype of all others. It probably owes its name to “its external resemblance to the large speaking trumpet used on board Italian vessels, which is of the same length and tapering shape.” Grove. -- Trumpet shell ( Zool. ), any species of large marine univalve shells belonging to Triton and allied genera. See Triton, 2. -- Trumpet tree. ( Bot. ) See Trumpetwood.

    2. Trumpet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trumpeted; p. pr. & vb. n. Trumpeting.] [Cf. F. trompeter.] To publish by, or as by, sound of trumpet; to noise abroad; to proclaim; as, “to trumpet good tidings”.

      They did nothing but publish and trumpet all the reproaches they could devise against the Irish. Bacon.

    3. Trumpet, v. i. To sound loudly, or with a tone like a trumpet; to utter a trumplike cry.