Definition of trumpet in English:


Line breaks: trum|pet
Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌmpɪt


  • 1A brass musical instrument with a flared bell and a bright, penetrating tone. The modern instrument has the tubing looped to form a straight-sided coil, with three valves.
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    • Nor is it all normal trumpets: this CD boasts piccolo trumpets, bass trumpets, cornets and flugelhorns, as well as a smattering of percussion.
    • Flutes, saxophones, clarinets, trumpets and bassoons share the spotlight and take frequent solos that, like the vocals, often ramble aimlessly.
    • I play a number of different instruments including guitar, trumpet, flute and saxophone, but my main interest is composing.
  • 1.1An organ reed stop with a quality resembling that of a trumpet.
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    • If an organ has only one manual reed stop, it is often a Trumpet, and usually on the Swell.
    • Common trumpet reed names are Posaune, Bombard, Trumpet, and Clarion.
  • 1.2A sound resembling that of a trumpet, especially the loud cry of an elephant: his voice blazed to a trumpet in his indignation
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    • The loud trumpet sounds from the Elephant large as he knocks down a tree in a single charge.
    • It is a noise half-way between a lion's roar and the trumpet of an irritated elephant.
    • Disney World's Animal Kingdom team has sorted elephant calls into trumpets, snorts, croaks, revs, chuffs, noisy rumbles, loud rumbles, and rumbles.
  • 1.3Something shaped like a trumpet, especially the tubular corona of a daffodil flower.
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    • In no time at all, as we descended into damper riverside places, there were daffodils trumpets nearly fully formed and fit for a photo.
    • If you want something a little different, try Digitalis Parviflora with its rust coloured flowers on upright stems, or Digitalis Ferringinea with its small trumpets of coppery-yellow flower.
    • Close up, though, it looked like the trumpets of daffodils, which made them the most spring-like thing I saw all day.
  • 2 (trumpets) A North American pitcher plant.
    • Genus Sarracenia, family Sarraceniaceae: several species, in particular yellow trumpets (S. flava)
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    • The yellow trumpets should be grown in a bright place, with direct sunlight.
    • Trumpets are found in bogs and in wet pine barrens.
    • The yellow trumpets should be preferably located in a place where it can have at least a few hours a day of direct solar light.

verb (trumpets, trumpeting, trumpeted)

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  • 1 [no object] Play a trumpet: (as adjective trumpeting) figures of two trumpeting angels
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    • They were trumpeting like crazy and inside this huge old concrete building, it was deafening.
    • The avenues of carved deities, courtyards and temples are seething with trumpeting musicians and drummers, with processions escorting deities.
    • London's trumpeting busker played the downtown streets and community for many years before giving it up this year.
  • 1.1Make a loud, penetrating sound resembling that of a trumpet: wild elephants trumpeting in the bush
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    • A quarter of an hour thus passed; then suddenly one of the elephants trumpeted, and a tremendous crashing in the reeds ensued.
    • Later, the chorus was taken up by elephants trumpeting as they came down to drink.
    • So, along with chemical signals and higher range trumpeting and shrieks, elephants have an extensive range of communication.


blow one's (own) trumpet

chiefly British Talk boastfully about one’s achievements: he refused to blow his own trumpet and blushingly declined to speak
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  • But in the lead-up to the election she was happy to blow her trumpet over the achievements of her first term.
  • Others blow their trumpet, but it's all pretty shallow.
  • It's perhaps not widely known because we don't always blow our trumpet.
boast, brag, sing one's own praises, show off, swank, congratulate oneself
North American informal blow/toot one's own horn
Australian/New Zealand informal skite
archaic vaunt, rodomontade, gasconade


Middle English: from Old French trompette, diminutive of trompe (see trump2). The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

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