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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.

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

  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.

  1. fanfare; flourish; ostentation; flamboyance: a new breakfast cereal proclaimed with all the blare of a Hollywood spectacle.

  2. Eastern New England. the bawl of a calf.

Origin of blare

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

Other words for blare Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use blare in a sentence

  • A mighty horn was blaring; a great bell was tossing up its brazen throat in ringing clangor.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • The major's blaring notes would cross-cut Devore's nerves as with a dull and haggling saw.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm | Irvin S. Cobb
  • There was a voice blaring over the loudspeaker, shouting at us to stop talking, to walk, but we ignored it.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • Through the port he could see the big ship blaring fire in a much tighter turn.

    Deathworld | Harry Harrison
  • The Eagles were having a snake dance and their band was parading, the forty pieces blaring triumphantly.

    Betty Lee, Freshman | David Goodger (

British Dictionary definitions for blare


/ (blɛə) /

  1. to sound loudly and harshly

  2. to proclaim loudly and sensationally

  1. a loud and usually harsh or grating noise

Origin of blare

C14: from Middle Dutch bleren; of imitative origin

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