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fanfare

[fan-fair] /ˈfæn fɛər/
noun
1.
a flourish or short air played on trumpets or the like.
2.
an ostentatious display or flourish.
3.
publicity or advertising.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < French, expressive word akin to fanfaron fanfaron.
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British Dictionary definitions for fan fare

fanfare

/ˈfænfɛə/
noun
1.
a flourish or short tune played on brass instruments, used as a military signal, at a ceremonial event, etc
2.
an ostentatious flourish or display
Word Origin
C17: from French, back formation from fanfarer to play a flourish on trumpets; see fanfaronade
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Word Origin and History for fan fare

fanfare

n.

c.1600, from French fanfare, from fanfarer "blow a fanfare," perhaps echoic, or perhaps borrowed (with Spanish fanfarron "braggart," and Italian fanfano "babbler") from Arabic farfar "chatterer," of imitative origin.

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Encyclopedia Article for fan fare

fanfare

originally a brief musical formula played on trumpets, horns, or similar "natural" instruments, sometimes accompanied by percussion, for signal purposes in battles, hunts, and court ceremonies. The term is of obscure derivation

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