- a flourish or short air played on trumpets or the like.
- an ostentatious display or flourish.
- publicity or advertising.
Origin of fanfare
Examples from the Web for fanfare
Finally, my impostor account was gone, deleted by Twitter with no fanfare.How I (Digitally) Killed My Twitter Impostor
July 21, 2014
But really, all this fanfare seems more like a howl for Washington's attention and a ploy for PR.When Conservatives Cry Wolf
February 10, 2014
After much hype and fanfare, the London reviews are in, and most of them are awful.London's American Burger Battle
July 30, 2013
But for all the fanfare, there was one overriding message: Francis is not your average pope.Pope Francis Inauguration: Not Your Average Pontiff
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 19, 2013
As Iran gears up for elections in June, the fanfare of vetting a presidential-candidate list is once again in full swing.The Rutgers Professor Who Wants to Lead Iran
February 26, 2013
He was a seven-months child, and there was no fanfare of welcome at his coming.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Now, near sunset, there was the fanfare for officers' orders for the next day.Greyfriars Bobby
It was the air which had saluted their betrothal like a fanfare.Prince Zilah, Complete
The fanfare is with reference to the French pot-au-feu (see p. 649).The Gastronomic Regenerator:
A fanfare of cornets; and from the wings a supple, dark girl bounded.Superwomen
Albert Payson Terhune
- 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 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.