What does trumpet mean?

Definitions for trumpet
ˈtrʌm pɪttrum·pet

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Wiktionary

  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.

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

  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.

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

  3. trumpetnoun

    The cry of an elephant.

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

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

  4. trumpetverb

    To sound loudly, be amplified

    The music trumpeted from the speakers, hurting my ears.

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

  5. trumpetverb

    To play the trumpet.

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

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

  6. trumpetverb

    Of an elephant, to make its cry.

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

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

  7. trumpetverb

    To proclaim loudly; to promote enthusiastically

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

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"

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

Freebase

  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  

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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Often I come across the public displays of charitable acts and donations on social media, which reminds me of the teaching from Holy Book: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.“ In my view, it's an act of hypocracy to blow one's trumpet on FB or Twitter or like social media about one's charitable act, with ulterior motives of self-promotion and gaining praise from others. In my view, the true philanthropist, who is selfless at heart, does not let her/his left hand know what the right hand is doing - so that the noble act of giving remains absolutely secret. I really respect such selfless philanthropists. Long live the spirit of Charity that flows from a pure heart with Honesty and Integrity.

  3. 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.

  4. W. 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.

  5. Jackson Browne:

    And my dad wanted me to play the trumpet because that's what he liked. His idol was Louis Armstrong. My dad thought my teeth came together in a way that was perfect for playing the trumpet.

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