Definition of trumpet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌmpɪt/


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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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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).
Example sentences
  • 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)

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
shout, bellow, roar, yell, cry out, call out
informal holler
2 [with object] Proclaim widely or loudly: the press trumpeted another defeat for the government
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  • Although these funds are tiny, their awful performance is widely trumpeted in the financial press.
  • Some politicians trumpet these results very loudly as some sort of achievement.
  • The significance of ice hockey to Canadian culture is widely trumpeted within the popular and even academic realms.
proclaim, announce, declare, broadcast, promulgate, noise abroad, shout from the rooftops, blazon


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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with trumpet

crumpet, strumpet

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Line breaks: trum|pet

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