Definition of fanfare in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfanfɛː/


1A short ceremonial tune or flourish played on brass instruments, typically to introduce something or someone important: a specially composed fanfare announced the arrival of the Duchess
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  • The opening movement combines a brass fanfare with a Widorian toccata figure for its music argument.
  • Originally improvised (as distinct from military signals), fanfares are used for ceremonial purposes, for example to announce the entrance of a dignitary, and are characterized by reliance on the harmonic series.
  • Through a chromatic mist of string ostinatos, a plainsong chorale gradually emerges in the brass climaxing in resplendent fanfares, before fading away into a haze of sound as the procession recedes.
peal of trumpets, flourish, fanfaronade, trumpet call, trumpet blare
archaic trump, tucket
1.1 [mass noun] Media attention or elaborate ceremony: the studio released this film with great fanfare but no commercial success
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  • The Québec government and Makivik Corporation signed a framework agreement on a new government for Nunavik, with little media fanfare or public ceremony.
  • They train every day, without fanfare or public attention.
  • Initially, the MAI negotiations had begun in the fall of 1995 with little attention or public fanfare.
fuss, commotion, stir, show, showiness, display, ostentation, flashiness, publicity, sensationalism, pageantry, splendour, hubbub, brouhaha
informal ballyhoo, hullabaloo, hype, to-do, pizzazz, razzle-dazzle, glitz, ritziness


Mid 18th century: from French, ultimately of imitative origin.

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