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[vawnt, vahnt] /vɔnt, vɑnt/
verb (used with object)
to speak vaingloriously of; boast of:
to vaunt one's achievements.
verb (used without object)
to speak boastfully; brag.
a boastful action or utterance.
Origin of vaunt
1350-1400; Middle English vaunten < Middle French vanter to boast < Late Latin vānitāre, frequentative of *vānāre, derivative of Latin vānus vain. See vanity
Related forms
vaunter, noun
vauntingly, adverb
outvaunt, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vaunt
Historical Examples
  • Nor was the Iroquois less struck with the vaunt of the white man.

    The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
  • He has answered me back, vaunt for vaunt, rhetoric for rhetoric.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • Italy might vaunt the glories of ancient Rome; but Germany also had deeds to be proud of.

    The Age of Erasmus P. S. Allen
  • All this I mention not by way of vaunt, but to show how much can be accomplished, when the mind is easy.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • A country playbill, bearing date 1807, seems indeed to vaunt the system of doubling to which the impresario had been driven.

    A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
  • First came the "vaunt chase," and then the "midel," and then the "parfytieres."

    The Master of Game Second Duke of York, Edward
  • But here was an occasion for him to vaunt his pride with none of the accompanying discomforts.

  • Nor did Agricola ever vaunt his exploits to blazon his own fame.

  • I vaunt not myself; thou knowest what I have been and seest what I am.

    Ayesha H. Rider Haggard
  • He had ceased to shout his amorous songs, and vaunt his lustful triumphs.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
British Dictionary definitions for vaunt


(transitive) to describe, praise, or display (one's success, possessions, etc) boastfully
(intransitive) (rare or literary) to use boastful language; brag
a boast
(archaic) ostentatious display
Derived Forms
vaunter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vanter, from Late Latin vānitāre to brag, from Latin vānusvain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vaunt

c.1400, "speak vainly or proudly," from Middle French vanter "to praise, speak highly of," from Late Latin vanitare "to boast," frequentative of Latin vanare "to utter empty words," from vanus "idle, empty" (see vain). Related: Vaunted; vaunting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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