Definition of fanfare in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfanfer/


1A short ceremonial tune or flourish played on brass instruments, typically to introduce something or someone important.
Example sentences
  • 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.
trumpet call, flourish, fanfaronade
archaic trump
1.1Media attention or elaborate ceremony: he turned 25 on Saturday with little fanfare
More example sentences
  • Some of the biggest names in Bollywood showed up to shower their blessings on as they celebrated their sangeet ceremony with great fanfare.
  • Wellingtonians just get on with things, without fuss or fanfare.
  • ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO the University of Adelaide circulated the university's new strategic plan with much fanfare and hype.
fuss, commotion, show, display, ostentation, flashiness, pageantry, splendor
informal ballyhoo, hype, pizzazz, razzle-dazzle, glitz


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

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Syllabification: fan·fare

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