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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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Examples for fanfare
  • The fourth inauguration was conducted without fanfare.
  • Tablets have been tried before, with similar fanfare, and have fallen flat.
  • The fanfare flattered him and he felt extremely proud of himself.
  • Paper after paper begins with a trumpet fanfare and ends with a plaintive bleat.
  • Soon after it began, however, the goldfish gulping contest ended with little fanfare.
  • Without a ton of fanfare, suddenly you make phone calls from your web-based email and stream movies to your phone.
  • Tablets have been tried several times in the past to little fanfare.
  • It was an oddly quiet finale for a phenomenon that had been ushered in with all the fanfare of the millennium.
  • Residents say algae-eating silver carp introduced with great fanfare this year have died.
  • The patent application itself was filed without fanfare some eight months ago.
British Dictionary definitions for fanfare

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 fanfare
fanfare
c.1600, from Fr. fanfarer "blow a fanfare," perhaps echoic, or perhaps borrowed (with Sp. fanfarron "braggart," and It. fanfano "babbler") from Arabic farfar "chatterer."
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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