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[truhm-pi-ter] /ˈtrʌm pɪ tər/
a person who plays a trumpet; trumpet player.
a person who proclaims or announces something with a trumpet.
a soldier, usually in a mounted unit, whose duty is to sound the required trumpet calls.
a person who proclaims, commends, or extols something loudly or widely; eulogizer.
any of several large South American birds of the family Psophiidae, especially Psophia crepitans, related to the cranes and rails, having a loud, harsh, prolonged cry.
one of a breed of domestic pigeons.
Origin of trumpeter
First recorded in 1490-1500; trumpet + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "A great day,—say rather a great day for Ireland," tolled out the trumpeter.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • The trumpeter raised his trumpet nearly to his lips and waited.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • The trumpeter raised his trumpet nearly to his lips, and waited.

    Gaspar Ruiz Joseph Conrad
  • A trumpeter lifted his bugle and sounded a bar of the reveille.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • The trumpeter took off his hat and made a low bow to Alice and her Aunt.

    Nine Little Goslings

    Susan Coolidge
  • I, myself, advise the sending of a trumpeter with a flag of truce.

  • But Puffendorff, the trumpeter, had not leisure to lift the trumpet to his lips: when, hark!

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The trumpeter is the earliest, preceding all other birds, with the exception of the eagles.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • The ducks were not thought of—the trumpeter was to be the game.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for trumpeter


a person who plays the trumpet, esp one whose duty it is to play fanfares, signals, etc
any of three birds of the genus Psophia of the forests of South America, having a rounded body, long legs, and a glossy blackish plumage: family Psophiidae, order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc)
(sometimes capital) a breed of domestic fancy pigeon with a long ruff
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