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  1. a flourish or short air played on trumpets or the like.
  2. an ostentatious display or flourish.
  3. publicity or advertising.
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Origin of fanfare

1760–70; < French, expressive word akin to fanfaron fanfaron.
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  1. a flourish or short tune played on brass instruments, used as a military signal, at a ceremonial event, etc
  2. an ostentatious flourish or display
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Word Origin

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.

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