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trumpets

[truhm-pits] /ˈtrʌm pɪts/
noun, plural trumpets.
1.
a showy pitcher plant, Sarracenia flava, of the southeastern U.S., having prominently veined, crimson-throated, yellow-green leaves and yellow flowers from 2 to 4 inches (5.1 to 10.2 cm) wide.
Also called trumpet-leaf, yellow pitcher plant.
Origin
plural of trumpet

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
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 trumpets
  • The trumpets of alarm will continue to sound, even in direct contradiction to any and all available facts.
  • Mounted on a carrot and a plum, two soldiers armed with swords and trumpets make war on one another.
  • He dazzled four presidents and liked his trumpets bent.
  • The third rhythm would be for the trumpets, and they'd start fanning with their derbies.
  • Establishment protocol calls for trumpets of certainty.
  • Parades marched by, trumpets blasting and snare drums rattling.
  • In the same instant came the shrill trumpets of elephants angered by the hyena cries.
  • They favored clarinets or saxophones over flutes and trumpets, and above all they featured guitars.
  • He arrived with a number of monks who brought trumpets, drums, and cymbals.
  • They served in the head, on salvers of silver, with trumpets and poems by their paid minstrels.
British Dictionary definitions for trumpets

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 trumpets

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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trumpets 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
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trumpets in the Bible

were of a great variety of forms, and were made of divers materials. Some were made of silver (Num. 10:2), and were used only by the priests in announcing the approach of festivals and in giving signals of war. Some were also made of rams' horns (Josh. 6:8). They were blown at special festivals, and to herald the arrival of special seasons (Lev. 23:24; 25:9; 1 Chr. 15:24; 2 Chr. 29:27; Ps. 81:3; 98:6). "Trumpets" are among the symbols used in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 1:10; 8:2). (See HORN.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for trumpets

trumpet

in music, brass wind musical instrument sounded by lip vibration against a cup mouthpiece. Ethnologists and ethnomusicologists use the word trumpet for any lip-vibrated instrument, whether of horn, conch, reed, or wood, with a horn or gourd bell, as well as for the Western brass instrument. The technical distinction between trumpet and horn is that one-third of the tube length of a trumpet is conical and two-thirds is cylindrical, while the horn's tube is the opposite. Both types are found throughout the world. For example, non-Western long trumpets are as dispersed as the kakaki of West Africa, the Persian and Arab nafir, the laba of China, and the spectacular dung-chen of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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