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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.
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verb (used with object), blared, blar·ing.
  1. to sound loudly; proclaim noisily: We sat there horrified as the radio blared the awful news.
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  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.
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Origin of blare

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

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Related Words for blaring

earsplitting, piercing, deafening, blasting, booming, roaring, noisy, stentorian, thunderous, ear-piercing

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British Dictionary definitions for blaring


  1. to sound loudly and harshly
  2. to proclaim loudly and sensationally
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  1. a loud and usually harsh or grating noise
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Word Origin for blare

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


mid-15c., from present participle of blare. Of things other than sounds, from 1866.

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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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