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[tan-ter-uh, tan-tar-uh, -tahr-uh]
  1. a blast of a trumpet or horn.
  2. any similar sound.
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Origin of tantara

1530–40; imitative; compare Latin taratantara
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Historical Examples

  • Tantara, the celebrated landscape painter, was a man of ready wit, but he once met his match.

    The Book of Three Hundred Anecdotes


  • The tantara changes to a graceful and yet hilarious dance chorus, “A Morris Dance must you entrance,” sung fortissimo.

British Dictionary definitions for tantara


  1. a blast, as on a trumpet or horn
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin taratantara, imitative of the sound of the tuba
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