What does trumpet mean?

Definitions for trumpet
ˈtrʌm pɪttrum·pet

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word trumpet.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cornet, horn, trumpet, trumpverb

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

  2. trumpetverb

    proclaim on, or as if on, a trumpet

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

  3. trumpetverb

    play or blow on the trumpet

  4. trumpetverb

    utter in trumpet-like sounds

    "Elephants are trumpeting"


  1. trumpetnoun

    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. trumpetnoun

    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. trumpetnoun

    The cry of an elephant.

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

  4. trumpetverb

    To sound loudly, be amplified

    The music trumpeted from the speakers, hurting my ears.

  5. trumpetverb

    To play the trumpet.

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

  6. trumpetverb

    Of an elephant, to make its cry.

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

  7. trumpetverb

    To proclaim loudly; to promote enthusiastically

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trumpetnoun

    Etymology: trompette, French and Dutch.

    What’s the business?
    That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley
    The sleepers of the house. William Shakespeare.

    If any man of quality will maintain upon Edmund earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear by the third sound of the trumpet. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    He blew
    His trumpet, heard in Oreb since perhaps
    When God descended, and perhaps once more
    To sound at gen’ral doom. Th’ angelick blast
    Filled all the regions. John Milton.

    The last loud trumpet ’s wond’rous sound
    Shall through the rending tombs rebound,
    And wake the nations under ground. Wentworth Dillon.

    Things of deep sense we may in prose unfold,
    But they move more in lofty numbers told;
    By the loud trumpet which our courage aids,
    We learn that sound, as well as sense, persuades. Edmund Waller.

    The trumpet ’s loud clangor
    Excites us to arms,
    With shrill notes of anger,
    And mortal alarms. Dryden.

    Every man is the maker of his own fortune, and must be in some measure the trumpet of his same. Tatler.

    No more the drum
    Provokes to arms, or trumpet ’s clangor shrill
    Affrights the wives. Philips.

    Let the loud trumpet sound,
    Till the roofs all around,
    The shrill echoes rebound. Alexander Pope.

    He wisely desired, that a trumpet might be first sent for a pass. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Among our forefathers, the enemy, when there was a king in the field, demanded by a trumpet in what part he resided, that they might avoid firing upon the royal pavilion. Addison.

    Glorious followers, who make themselves as trumpets of the commendation of those they follow, taint business for want of secrecy, and export honour from a man, and make him a return in envy. Francis Bacon.

    That great politician was pleased to have the greatest wit of those times in his interests, and to be the trumpet of his praises. Dryden.

  2. To Trumpetverb

    To publish by sound of trumpet; to proclaim.

    Etymology: trompetter, Fr. from the noun.

    That I did love the Moor to live with him,
    My downright violence to form my fortunes
    May trumpet to the world. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Why so tart a favour
    To trumpet such good tidings? William Shakespeare.

    They went with sound of trumpet; for they did nothing but publish and trumpet all the reproaches they could devise against the Irish. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.


  1. Trumpet

    The trumpet is a brass instrument commonly used in classical and jazz ensembles. The trumpet group ranges from the piccolo trumpet—with the highest register in the brass family—to the bass trumpet, pitched one octave below the standard B♭ or C trumpet. 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, concert bands, and jazz ensembles, as well as in popular music. They are played by blowing air through nearly-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, trumpets 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 1.48 m (4 ft 10 in). 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 (especially in German and German-style orchestras), although this practice varies by country. A musician who plays the trumpet is called a trumpet player or trumpeter.


  1. trumpet

    A trumpet is a brass wind instrument with a fluted bell and three buttons or valves, which are pressed to produce various musical notes. It is known for its powerful, resonating sound, and is commonly used in classical orchestras, jazz ensembles, and marching bands. The player blows into a mouthpiece to create sound, and the pitch is controlled by the combination of the player's lip tension and the pressing of the valves.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trumpetnoun

    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. Trumpetnoun

    a trumpeter

  3. Trumpetnoun

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

  4. Trumpetnoun

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

  5. Trumpetverb

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

  6. Trumpetverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trumpet

    trum′pet, n. the most ancient of wind instruments, formed of a long, narrow, straight tube, bent twice on itself, the last fifteen inches tapering into a bell, and sounded by means of a cupped mouthpiece—much used in military signalling: in organs, a powerful reed-stop having a trumpet-like sound: a cry resembling a trumpet-sound: (fig.) one who praises.—v.t. to publish by trumpet: to proclaim: to sound the praises of.—v.i. to sound a trumpet.—ns. Trum′pet-call, a call or summons on the trumpet, any call to action; Trum′peter, one who sounds on the trumpet the regimental calls and signals: one who proclaims, praises, or denounces: a genus of crane-like birds of British Guiana, &c.: one of the whistling swans: a kind of domestic pigeon: a large New Zealand food-fish; Trum′pet-fish, also Snipe-fish, a sea-fish so named from its trumpet-like or tubular muzzle; Trum′pet-flow′er, the popular name of various plants which produce large trumpet-shaped flowers—as the genera Bignonia and Tecoma (Bignoniaceæ), and Solandra (Solonaceæ); Trum′pet-mā′jor, a head-trumpeter in a band or regiment.—adj. Trum′pet-shaped, formed like a trumpet.—ns. Trum′pet-shell, a shell of the genus Triton; Trum′pet-tone, the sound of a trumpet: a loud voice.—adj. Trum′pet-tongued, having a voice or tongue loud as a trumpet.—n. Speak′ing-trum′pet (see Speak).—Blow one's own trumpet, to sound one's own praises; Feast of trumpets, a Jewish feast in which trumpets played an important part; Flourish of trumpets (see Flourish). [O. Fr. trompette, dim. of trompe.]

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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. trumpet

    A wind instrument, made of brass or silver, used in the cavalry and mounted artillery.

Editors Contribution

  1. trumpet

    A type of musical instrument created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles to create and play music.

    Many instruments are used in an orchestra including the trumpet.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 30, 2017  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Trumpet is ranked #137327 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Trumpet surname appeared 122 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Trumpet.

    82.7% or 101 total occurrences were Black.
    9% or 11 total occurrences were White.
    4.1% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trumpet in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trumpet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of trumpet in a Sentence

  1. Jackson Browne:

    So I had a couple of years of playing trumpet. I really enjoyed it, but it was not the kind of instrument you could whip out at a party. Let's face it.

  2. William S. Gilbert:

    If you wish in this world to advance Your merits you're bound to enhance You must stir it and stump it, And blow your own trumpet, Or, trust me, you haven't a chance.

  3. Jerry Martini:

    She covered a lot of ground, she was the first female trumpet player and the first African-American trumpet player in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She wasn't in the back. She was out front telling you to get up and dance to the music, and she could blow with the best of 'em, always.

  4. Malayan Proverb:

    Trumpet in a herd of elephants crow in the company of cocks bleat in a flock of goats.

  5. Dan Coats:

    We must ignore the coming public relations campaign that will trumpet this deal as a victory for diplomacy and the false premise that the deal is a choice between peace and war.

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