[ fan-fair ]
/ ˈfæn fɛər /


a flourish or short air played on trumpets or the like.
an ostentatious display or flourish.
publicity or advertising.

Nearby words

  1. fanegada,
  2. faneuil,
  3. faneuil hall,
  4. fanfani,
  5. fanfani, amintore,
  6. fanfaron,
  7. fanfaronade,
  8. fanfic,
  9. fanfish,
  10. fanfold

Origin of fanfare

1760–70; < French, expressive word akin to fanfaron fanfaron. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fanfare


/ (ˈfænfɛə) /


a flourish or short tune played on brass instruments, used as a military signal, at a ceremonial event, etc
an ostentatious flourish or display

Word Origin for fanfare

C17: from French, back formation from fanfarer to play a flourish on trumpets; see fanfaronade

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Word Origin and History for fanfare



c.1600, from French fanfare, from fanfarer "blow a fanfare," perhaps echoic, or perhaps borrowed (with Spanish fanfarron "braggart," and Italian fanfano "babbler") from Arabic farfar "chatterer," of imitative origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper