What does trumpet mean?

Definitions for trumpet
ˈtrʌm pɪttrum·pet

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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"


  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.

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 used 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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  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. Coco Gauff:

    It was a trumpet. He told us that. You didnt pay attention.

  2. Malayan Proverb:

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

  3. Malayan Proverb:

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

  4. Theodore Hesburgh:

    The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.

  5. Persian:

    Alas, for him who is gone and hath done no good work! The trumpet of march has sounded, and his load was not bound on.

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