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[fan-fair] /ˈfæn fɛər/
a flourish or short air played on trumpets or the like.
an ostentatious display or flourish.
publicity or advertising.
Origin of fanfare
1760-70; < French, expressive word akin to fanfaron fanfaron. Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


a flourish or short tune played on brass instruments, used as a military signal, at a ceremonial event, etc
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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