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trumpet

[truhm-pit] /ˈtrʌm pɪt/
noun
1.
Music.
  1. any of a family of brass wind instruments with a powerful, penetrating tone, consisting of a tube commonly curved once or twice around on itself and having a cup-shaped mouthpiece at one end and a flaring bell at the other.
  2. an organ stop having a tone resembling that of a trumpet.
  3. a trumpeter.
2.
something used as or resembling a trumpet, especially in sound.
3.
a sound like that of a trumpet.
4.
the loud shrill cry of an animal, especially an elephant.
6.
trumpets, any of several pitcher plants of the southeastern U.S.
verb (used without object)
7.
to blow a trumpet.
8.
to emit a loud, trumpetlike cry, as an elephant.
verb (used with object)
9.
to sound on a trumpet.
10.
to utter with a sound like that of a trumpet.
11.
to proclaim loudly or widely.
Origin of trumpet
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English trumpette, trompette < French, equivalent to trompe trump2 + -ette -et
Related forms
trumpetless, adjective
trumpetlike, adjective
untrumpeted, adjective
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Examples from the Web for trumpet
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  • The prisons were thrown open at the first sound of the victor's trumpet, and the captives implored to intercede for their jailers.

    Montrose Mowbray Morris
  • The preacher's voice rose until it sounded like a trumpet blast.

  • One morning, in that neer-to-be-forgotten spring, the trumpet voice of war through all our streets rang out the call to arms.

  • Ere Almamen could reply, a trumpet sounded clear and loud at the gate.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • When it was finished, the blast of a trumpet was heard, and the champions rushed onward.

    The Cid Campeador Antonio de Trueba
British Dictionary definitions for trumpet

trumpet

/ˈtrʌmpɪt/
noun
1.
a valved brass instrument of brilliant tone consisting of a narrow tube of cylindrical bore ending in a flared bell, normally pitched in B flat. Range: two and a half octaves upwards from F sharp on the fourth line of the bass staff
2.
any instrument consisting of a valveless tube ending in a bell, esp a straight instrument used for fanfares, signals, etc
3.
a person who plays a trumpet in an orchestra
4.
a loud sound such as that of a trumpet, esp when made by an animal: the trumpet of the elephants
5.
an eight-foot reed stop on an organ
6.
something resembling a trumpet in shape, esp in having a flared bell
7.
short for ear trumpet
8.
blow one's own trumpet, to boast about oneself; brag
verb -pets, -peting, -peted
9.
to proclaim or sound loudly
Derived Forms
trumpet-like, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French trompette a little trump²
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Word Origin and History for trumpet
n.

c.1300, from Old French trompette "trumpet," diminutive of trompe (see trump (n.2)). The verb is recorded from 1520s; figurative sense of "to proclaim, extol" is attested from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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trumpet in Culture

trumpet definition


A brass instrument with a brilliant tone, much used in classical music, as well as in military music and jazz.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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trumpet in Technology

A news reader for Microsoft Windows, using the WinSock library. There is also an MS-DOS version. Trumpet is shareware from Australia.
(ftp://ftp.utas.edu.au/pc/trumpet).
(ftp://ftp.demon.co.uk/pub/ibmpc/winsock/stacks/trumpwsk/).
news:alt.winsock.trumpet.
[Author?]
(1995-01-12)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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