Definitions for trumpetˈtrʌm pɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

trum•petˈtrʌm pɪt(n.)

  1. any of a family of brass wind instruments with a powerful, penetrating tone, consisting of a tube commonly curved once or twice around on itself and having a cup-shaped mouthpiece at one end and a flaring bell at the other.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: trumpeter (def. 1). 1

  2. something used as or resembling a trumpet, esp. in sound.

  3. a sound like that of a trumpet.

  4. the loud piercing or blaring cry of an animal, esp. an elephant.

  5. Ref: ear trumpet.

  6. (v.i.)to blow a trumpet.

  7. to emit a loud, trumpetlike cry.

  8. (v.t.)to sound on a trumpet.

  9. to utter with a sound like that of a trumpet.

  10. to proclaim loudly or widely.

Origin of trumpet:

1375–1425; ME trumpette, trompette < MF, =trompetrump2+-ette -et

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cornet, horn, trumpet, trump(verb)

    a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves

  2. trumpet(verb)

    proclaim on, or as if on, a trumpet

    "Liberals like to trumpet their opposition to the death penalty"

  3. trumpet(verb)

    play or blow on the trumpet

  4. trumpet(verb)

    utter in trumpet-like sounds

    "Elephants are trumpeting"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. trumpet(noun)ˈtrʌm pɪt

    a brass instrument with buttons you press on top

    to play the trumpet


  1. trumpet(Noun)

    A musical instrument of the brass family, generally tuned to the key of B-flat.

    The royal herald sounded a trumpet to announce their arrival.

  2. trumpet(Noun)

    In an orchestra or other musical group, a musician that plays the trumpet.

    The trumpets were assigned to stand at the rear of the orchestra pit.

  3. trumpet(Noun)

    The cry of an elephant.

    The large bull gave a basso trumpet as he charged the hunters.

  4. trumpet(Verb)

    To sound loudly, be amplified

    The music trumpeted from the speakers, hurting my ears.

  5. trumpet(Verb)

    To play the trumpet.

    Cedric made a living trumpeting for the change of passersby in the subway.

  6. trumpet(Verb)

    Of an elephant, to make its cry.

    The circus trainer cracked the whip, signaling the elephant to trumpet.

  7. trumpet(Verb)

    To proclaim loudly; to promote enthusiastically

  8. Origin: From trumpette, trompette from trompette, diminutive of trompe, of origin, from Low , . Akin to trumpa, trumba, tromme, trumme. More at drum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trumpet(noun)

    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

  2. Trumpet(noun)

    a trumpeter

  3. Trumpet(noun)

    one who praises, or propagates praise, or is the instrument of propagating it

  4. Trumpet(noun)

    a funnel, or short, fiaring pipe, used as a guide or conductor, as for yarn in a knitting machine

  5. Trumpet(verb)

    to publish by, or as by, sound of trumpet; to noise abroad; to proclaim; as, to trumpet good tidings

  6. Trumpet(verb)

    to sound loudly, or with a tone like a trumpet; to utter a trumplike cry


  1. Trumpet

    A trumpet is a musical instrument. It is the highest register in the brass family. Trumpets are among the oldest musical instruments, dating back to at least 1500 BC. They are played by blowing air through closed lips, 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 oblong shape. There are several types of trumpet. The most common is a transposing instrument pitched in B♭ with a tubing length of about 148 cm. Earlier trumpets did not have valves, but modern instruments generally have either three piston valves or, more rarely, three rotary valves. Each valve increases the length of tubing when engaged, thereby lowering the pitch. A musician who plays the trumpet is called a trumpet player or trumpeter.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. trumpet

    A musical instrument which in the mouth of Gabriel will bring to life for their eternal undoing all Shylocks, officeholders, editorial writers, landlords, and professional epigrammatists.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a brass musical wind instrument with a high, clear tone

He plays the trumpet; He played a tune on his trumpet.

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