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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We started the wedding procession upstairs, and came down to the fanfare of uniformed trumpeters.

    A Labrador Doctor Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Now, near sunset, there was the fanfare for officers' orders for the next day.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • Having done so the trumpeters sounded a fanfare, and afterwards played "A fine old English gentleman."

    Recollections of a Busy Life William B. Forwood
  • A fanfare of cornets; and from the wings a supple, dark girl bounded.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • A few groups of settlers from Chicago and other cities came with a fanfare of adventure new to the homestead country.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
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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