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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ And get a grip on that trumpet player, before the more lascivious elements of the crowd jump in.
▪ And I got my first lessons from a trumpet player.
▪ One of the pieces is a jazz concerto by the legendary trumpet player Harry James.
▪ Quite a coup for a guy who once aspired to be a trumpet player in a jazz band.
▪ Most trumpet players now possess a small trumpet in D which much facilitates the performance of baroque trumpet parts.
▪ Most were reluctant, defensive, or simply hesitant to blow their own trumpet.
▪ Gordy started blowing on the trumpet in rhythm with her cries.
▪ For too long we Christians have heard the modern world blowing its own trumpet.
▪ Tonight, he could have shouted through the streets, blown a trumpet, waved a banner.
▪ Despite a unique record of achievement is recent years, he can never be accused of blowing his own trumpet.
▪ They are blowing trumpets singing up a storm and waving as they walk past us.
▪ The heraldry of day-to-day: a cat couchant on bricks; a baby in a push-chair blowing a trumpet very loudly.
▪ An angel hovered over their heads, blowing a yellow trumpet.
▪ He did not stop playing the trumpet or taking singing lessons.
▪ This was so that she could play trumpet in the band when she got to junior high.
▪ On top of all that, he played the trumpet with all the skill of a modern-day Joshua!
▪ She wonders what it is called and asks Zampano if he will teach her to play it on the trumpet.
▪ I stopped playing and tossed my trumpet to Kim who had been showering our remaining advertising leaflets on to the melee.
▪ Clinton was playing trumpet in his high school band when Dole was matching wits against the lions of the Congress.
▪ Levites arrived from somewhere, playing on lyres and trumpets, harps.
▪ The actor Anthony Quinn has reminisced about his playing trumpet in the pit band.
blow your own trumpet
▪ I don't want to blow my own trumpet, but it was me who came up with the idea for the project in the first place.
▪ But he could also blow his own trumpet like Satchmo on pay per note.
▪ Despite a unique record of achievement is recent years, he can never be accused of blowing his own trumpet.
▪ For too long we Christians have heard the modern world blowing its own trumpet.
▪ I don't like to blow my own trumpet but My Better Half could eat it to a band playing.
▪ Most were reluctant, defensive, or simply hesitant to blow their own trumpet.
▪ A cacophony of violins, clarinets and trumpets fills the air.
▪ As the captain of the Albatross raises his trumpet to answer it suddenly falls from his hands into the sea.
▪ Behind his fabulous trumpet playing and cheeky alleged humour there's an intelligent, alert, artful mind at work.
▪ Below mezzo-forte, 1 horn is sufficient to compete successfully with 1 trumpet or 1 trombone.
▪ Less obvious rock fare was pulled over to the jazz side by trumpet legend Miles Davis.
▪ Pate de foie gras to the sound of trumpets?
▪ The heraldry of day-to-day: a cat couchant on bricks; a baby in a push-chair blowing a trumpet very loudly.
▪ Then the trumpet sounded, and silence fell.
▪ Wald has often trumpeted his role in developing the vaccine.
▪ Here, hand-painted banners trumpeted his name.
▪ I thought, well, they were trumpeting Ade for the gold medal.
▪ Indeed, the free market was trumpeted so much that it assumed an almost mythic quality.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Trumpet \Trump"et\, v. i. To sound loudly, or with a tone like a trumpet; to utter a trumplike cry.


Trumpet \Trump"et\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trumpeted; p. pr. & vb. n. Trumpeting.] [Cf. F. trompeter.] To publish by, or as by, sound of trumpet; to noise abroad; to proclaim; as, to trumpet good tidings.

They did nothing but publish and trumpet all the reproaches they could devise against the Irish.


Trumpet \Trump"et\, n. [F. trompette, dim. of trompe. See Trump a trumpet.]

  1. (Mus.) A wind instrument of great antiquity, much used in war and military exercises, and of great value in the orchestra. In consists of a long metallic tube, curved (once or twice) into a convenient shape, and ending in a bell. Its scale in the lower octaves is limited to the first natural harmonics; but there are modern trumpets capable, by means of valves or pistons, of producing every tone within their compass, although at the expense of the true ringing quality of tone.

    The trumpet's loud clangor Excites us to arms.

  2. (Mil.) A trumpeter.

  3. One who praises, or propagates praise, or is the instrument of propagating it.

    That great politician was pleased to have the greatest wit of those times . . . to be the trumpet of his praises.

  4. (Mach) A funnel, or short, fiaring pipe, used as a guide or conductor, as for yarn in a knitting machine. Ear trumpet. See under Ear. Sea trumpet (Bot.), a great seaweed ( Ecklonia buccinalis) of the Southern Ocean. It has a long, hollow stem, enlarging upwards, which may be made into a kind of trumpet, and is used for many purposes. Speaking trumpet, an instrument for conveying articulate sounds with increased force. Trumpet animalcule (Zo["o]l.), any infusorian belonging to Stentor and allied genera, in which the body is trumpet-shaped. See Stentor. Trumpet ash (Bot.), the trumpet creeper. [Eng.] Trumpet conch (Zo["o]l.), a trumpet shell, or triton. Trumpet creeper (Bot.), an American climbing plant ( Tecoma radicans) bearing clusters of large red trumpet-shaped flowers; -- called also trumpet flower, and in England trumpet ash. Trumpet fish. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. The bellows fish.

    2. The fistularia. Trumpet flower. (Bot.)

      1. The trumpet creeper; also, its blossom.

      2. The trumpet honeysuckle.

    3. A West Indian name for several plants with trumpet-shaped flowers.

      Trumpet fly (Zo["o]l.), a botfly.

      Trumpet honeysuckle (Bot.), a twining plant ( Lonicera sempervirens) with red and yellow trumpet-shaped flowers; -- called also trumpet flower.

      Trumpet leaf (Bot.), a name of several plants of the genus Sarracenia.

      Trumpet major (Mil.), the chief trumpeter of a band or regiment.

      Trumpet marine (Mus.), a monochord, having a thick string, sounded with a bow, and stopped with the thumb so as to produce the harmonic tones; -- said to be the oldest bowed instrument known, and in form the archetype of all others. It probably owes its name to ``its external resemblance to the large speaking trumpet used on board Italian vessels, which is of the same length and tapering shape.''

      Trumpet shell (Zo["o]l.), any species of large marine univalve shells belonging to Triton and allied genera. See Triton, 2.

      Trumpet tree. (Bot.) See Trumpetwood.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French trompette "trumpet," diminutive of trompe (see trump (n.2)).


1520s, from trumpet (n.). Figurative sense of "to proclaim, extol" is attested from 1580s. Related: Trumpeted; trumpeting.


n. 1 A musical instrument of the brass family, generally tuned to the key of B-flat. 2 In an orchestra or other musical group, a musician that plays the trumpet. 3 The cry of an elephant. 4 (context figurative English) One who praises, or propagates praise, or is the instrument of propagating it. 5 A funnel, or short flaring pipe, used as a guide or conductor, as for yarn in a knitting machine. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To sound loudly, be amplified 2 (context intransitive English) To play the trumpet. 3 (context intransitive English) Of an elephant, to make its cry. 4 (context transitive English) To proclaim loudly; to promote enthusiastically


n. a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves [syn: cornet, horn, trump]

  1. v. proclaim on, or as if on, a trumpet; "Liberals like to trumpet their opposition to the death penalty"

  2. play or blow on the trumpet

  3. utter in trumpet-like sounds; "Elephants are trumpeting"


A trumpet is a musical instrument commonly used in classical and jazz ensembles. The trumpet group contains the instruments with the highest register in the brass family. Trumpet-like instruments have historically been used as signaling devices in battle or hunting, with examples dating back to at least 1500 BC; they began to be used as musical instruments only in the late-14th or early 15th century. Trumpets are used in art music styles, for instance in orchestras and concert bands, and in popular music styles such as jazz. They are played by blowing air through almost-closed lips (called the player's embouchure), producing a "buzzing" sound that starts a standing wave vibration in the air column inside the instrument. Since the late 15th century they have primarily been constructed of brass tubing, usually bent twice into a rounded rectangular shape.

There are many distinct types of trumpet, with the most common being pitched in B (a transposing instrument), having a tubing length of about . Early trumpets did not provide means to change the length of tubing, whereas modern instruments generally have three (or sometimes four) valves in order to change their pitch. Most trumpets have valves of the piston type, while some have the rotary type. The use of rotary-valved trumpets is more common in orchestral settings, although this practice varies by country. Each valve, when engaged, increases the length of tubing, lowering the pitch of the instrument.

A musician who plays the trumpet is called a trumpet player or trumpeter.

Trumpet (novel)

Trumpet is the debut novel of Scottish writer and poet Jackie Kay. It chronicles the life and death of fictional jazz artist, Joss Moody, through the eyes of his family, friends, and strangers.

Trumpet (disambiguation)

A trumpet is a brass musical instrument.

Trumpet or The Trumpet may also refer to:

  • The characteristic call of a Brass instrument
  • Trumpet interchange, a kind of road interchange
  • Ear trumpet
Trumpet (organ stop)

The Trumpet organ stop (also known as Trompette, Trompete and Trompet) is a generic term for a fairly wide variety of reed stops that typically imitate the orchestral trumpet one way or another. It is found in almost all pipe organs and is the most common of the chorus reeds. It is typically found at 8' pitch, though it may sometimes be found at 16'. A 4' Trumpet is typically designated as Clarion or Clairon.

Trumpet (satellite)

TRUMPET (also known as JEROBOAM), called Advanced Jumpseat by some observers, is reportedly a series of ELINT reconnaissance satellites launched by the United States during the 1990s to replace the Jumpseat satellites. Speculated to weigh 5,200 kg, three of these satellites were launched into highly elliptical orbits by Titan 4 launch vehicles from Cape Canaveral between 1994 and 1997. Their precise mission and capabilities are classified. News reports state that the satellites monitor radio communication using antennas with diameters of 150 m. It is speculated that the satellites are manufactured by Boeing.

Usage examples of "trumpet".

Among the crocheted doilies of missionary artisanship and hammered copper plates representing idealized tribal maidens or trumpeting elephants that were African bourgeois taste, there hung in the dimness Edward Lear watercolours of Italy and Stubbs sporting prints swollen with humidity and spotted as blighted leaves.

Just then the blast of trumpets rang out above them from the bartizan they had just quitted.

She turns to face the expanse of red-and-gold carpet that stretches to the doorway as trumpets blat and the doors swing open to admit the deputation of lobsters.

His pompous welcome drowned her more genuine pleasure, and she stood smiling gently at Brat while her husband trumpeted forth their satisfaction in seeing Patrick Ashby on their doorstep again.

Then I and my six helpers poured water into the containers, the faber did whatever it was that he did with his brazing spelter, clamped the cap on one trumpet after another, and he, Ansila and their apprentices all frantically did the hammering to seal them.

The peridioles fly out of the trumpet and the trailing spring-like hyphae sticks to any leaf or twig it touches, coiling itself tightly.

I had held the matrosses of the Citadel in some contempt, I seemed to hear the long rattle of the call to parade, and the bright challenge the trumpets sent from the battlements.

She took it, raised it like a trumpet to the heavens, sucked in a millilitre or so.

We heard the trumpet blown there, and the cries of the new monomachists who sought their foes.

I could almost wish it might either cure or kill me, for I am weary of lying here like an ox dying of the murrain, when tambours are beating, horses stamping, and trumpets sounding without.

The trumpets had piped faintingly out, everyone had bowed, and there was the guarded ruffling of a gathering, stiff, thirsty, and overclad, which had a Solemn Mass to get through before food.

From outside the stadium, a thousand voices shout in distant confusion and outrage, overscored by the sound of brass trumpets.

Hence they may imagine, that to trumpet forth the praises of such a person, would, in the vulgar phrase, be crying Roast-meat, and calling in partakers of what they intend to apply solely to their own use.

When I first saw them, I was certain they were trumpet flowers, for they had the characteristic bell-shaped perianth with delicate stamen projecting slightly from the cup.

Lubeck was yelling through his trumpet as they reversed the angle of the yards to bring the Principessa round so that the wind would favour her.