Definition of trumpet in English:


Syllabification: trum·pet
Pronunciation: /ˈtrəmpət


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.
1.2Something 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.
1.3A sound resembling that of a trumpet, especially the loud cry of an elephant.
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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.
2 (trumpets) A North American pitcher plant.
  • Genus Sarracenia, family Sarraceniaceae: several species, in particular yellow trumpets (S. alata)
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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.
call out, bellow, roar, yell, cry out, toot, bugle, 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, herald, celebrate, shout from the rooftops


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


blow one's (own) trumpet

Talk openly and 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.

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