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blare

[blair]
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verb (used without object), blared, blar·ing.
  1. to emit a loud, raucous sound: The trumpets blared as the procession got under way.
verb (used with object), blared, blar·ing.
  1. to sound loudly; proclaim noisily: We sat there horrified as the radio blared the awful news.
noun
  1. a loud, raucous noise: The blare of the band made conversation impossible.
  2. glaring intensity of light or color: A blare of sunlight flooded the room as she opened the shutters.
  3. fanfare; flourish; ostentation; flamboyance: a new breakfast cereal proclaimed with all the blare of a Hollywood spectacle.
  4. Eastern New England. the bawl of a calf.

Origin of blare

1400–50; late Middle English bleren; akin to Middle Dutch blaren, Middle Low German blarren, Middle High German blerren (German plärren)

Synonyms

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1, 3. blast, bellow, roar, clang, clamor; screech, honk.
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Examples from the Web for blare

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  • What signifies the blare of your brass, or the bilious bleating of your wood-wind!

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • He fidgeted; tried three times—unsuccessfully—to blare defiance.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • A night of Nature's making when she is tired of noise and blare of color.

    Wayside Courtships

    Hamlin Garland

  • A night of Nature's making, when she is tired of noise and blare of color.

  • There were the almost deafening salutes and the blare of the band.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas


British Dictionary definitions for blare

blare

verb
  1. to sound loudly and harshly
  2. to proclaim loudly and sensationally
noun
  1. a loud and usually harsh or grating noise

Word Origin

C14: from Middle Dutch bleren; of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for blare

v.

late 14c., bleren "to wail," possibly from an unrecorded Old English *blæren, or from Middle Dutch bleren "to bleat, cry, bawl, shout." Probably echoic, either way. Related: Blared; blaring. As a noun from 1809, from the verb.

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