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[blair] /blɛər/
verb (used without object), blared, blaring.
to emit a loud, raucous sound:
The trumpets blared as the procession got under way.
verb (used with object), blared, blaring.
to sound loudly; proclaim noisily:
We sat there horrified as the radio blared the awful news.
a loud, raucous noise:
The blare of the band made conversation impossible.
glaring intensity of light or color:
A blare of sunlight flooded the room as she opened the shutters.
fanfare; flourish; ostentation; flamboyance:
a new breakfast cereal proclaimed with all the blare of a Hollywood spectacle.
Eastern New England. the bawl of a calf.
Origin of blare
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English bleren; akin to Middle Dutch blaren, Middle Low German blarren, Middle High German blerren (German plärren)
1, 3. blast, bellow, roar, clang, clamor; screech, honk. Unabridged
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  • The blare of those horns is too shrill and the rapid pursuit through bush and bramble too daring.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • What signifies the blare of your brass, or the bilious bleating of your wood-wind!

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • With a blare of trumpets, a boom and ruffle of drums, the gay procession started around the circus arena.

  • A night of Nature's making when she is tired of noise and blare of color.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • Then, suddenly, the blare of a hundred trumpets gave the signal for the presentation of the offerings.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
  • There were the almost deafening salutes and the blare of the band.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • There was a rattle of drums and the blare of one or two off-key instruments from outside.

  • The gates were wide open, and from within came a blare of trumpets.

  • He had a loud voice, and twisted his words so badly, that his singing was like the blare of a trumpet.

    Winning His Way Charles Carleton Coffin
British Dictionary definitions for blare


to sound loudly and harshly
to proclaim loudly and sensationally
a loud and usually harsh or grating noise
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch bleren; of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blare

late 14c., bleren "to wail," possibly from an unrecorded Old English *blæren, or from Middle Dutch bleren "to bleat, cry, bawl, shout." Probably echoic, either way. Related: Blared; blaring. As a noun from 1809, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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