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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 of trumpets
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
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  • The faint sound of trumpets came from far points on the Southern line.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • They have been won by light of day, with banners flying and trumpets sounding.

    The Nation in a Nutshell George Makepeace Towle
  • The trumpets sounded, the column broke into a trot and was away.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • They were singing, shouting, and blowing whistles and trumpets.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Like another Joshua, he reduced cities by the mere blare of his trumpets.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
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 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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