any of a family of brass wind instruments with a powerful, penetrating tone, consisting of a tube commonly curved once or twice around on itself and having a cup-shaped mouthpiece at one end and a flaring bell at the other.
an organ stop having a tone resembling that of a trumpet.
something used as or resembling a trumpet, especially in sound.
a sound like that of a trumpet.
the loud shrill cry of an animal, especially an elephant.
trumpets, any of several pitcher plants of the southeastern U.S.
to blow a trumpet.
to emit a loud, trumpetlike cry, as an elephant.
to sound on a trumpet.
to utter with a sound like that of a trumpet.
to proclaim loudly or widely.
- trum·pet·less, adjective
- trum·pet·like, adjective
- un·trum·pet·ed, adjective
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How to use trumpet in a sentence
Conch shells fashioned into trumpets were found at the Peruvian temple complex at Chavín de Huántar.
Valles, a father of three, had been teaching one of his three grandchildren, 5-year-old Aliq Valles, to play the trumpet.In Texas-Mexico Border Towns, COVID-19 Has Had an Unconscionably High Death Toll | René Kladzyk, Phil Galewitz and Elizabeth Lucas | El Paso Matters and KHN | June 22, 2021 | Time
I started as a trumpet player, of all instruments, but it wasn’t cool and you could be cool on stage with a guitar and whatever.
Retelling this story isn’t to blow my own trumpet, it’s to make clear that you don’t have to be a marketer by training or commit a huge amount of time and resources to successfully market your startup.Even startups on tight budgets can maximize their marketing impact | Ram Iyer | May 13, 2021 | TechCrunch
The trumpet, of course, is not one of the customary sounds of springtime in the forest at Wolf Trap, the performing arts national park.At Wolf Trap, this walk in the woods comes with its own soundtrack | Mark Jenkins | April 22, 2021 | Washington Post
At night jineteras stalk the promenade in search of tourists while a trumpet from a bench serenades the proceedings.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A 4th grade Jessie James with a backpack and juice box, who practices trumpet and plays soccer.Woman Finds Mysterious Charges on Her iTunes Bill: A Modern Whodunit! | Nancy Neufeld Callaway | January 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He had already run through all his personal funds, but luckily the request worked (a trumpet was also traded).‘Tomorrow Night’ Review: Louis C.K.’s 1998 Indie Movie Is F**ing Weird | Nina Strochlic | January 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But in more recent wars, where the emphasis has been on “credibility,” not victory, the trumpet has been uncertain, at best.
My wife and I named our son Gideon after Tony had sounded Gideon's trumpet.
Roulard had played the trumpet in the regimental band in which Aristide had played the kettle drum.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
How long shall I see men fleeing away, how long shall I hear the sound of the trumpet?
And I appointed watchmen over you, saying: Hearken ye to the sound of the trumpet.
Blow the trumpet, let all be made ready, yet there is none to go to the battle: for my wrath shall be upon all the people thereof.
Not till Felix comes to her in the chamber above the dining hall—there where that trumpet vine hangs—comes to say good-by to her.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for trumpet
a valved brass instrument of brilliant tone consisting of a narrow tube of cylindrical bore ending in a flared bell, normally pitched in B flat. Range: two and a half octaves upwards from F sharp on the fourth line of the bass staff
any instrument consisting of a valveless tube ending in a bell, esp a straight instrument used for fanfares, signals, etc
a person who plays a trumpet in an orchestra
a loud sound such as that of a trumpet, esp when made by an animal: the trumpet of the elephants
an eight-foot reed stop on an organ
something resembling a trumpet in shape, esp in having a flared bell
short for ear trumpet
blow one's own trumpet to boast about oneself; brag
to proclaim or sound loudly
- trumpet-like, adjective
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Cultural definitions for trumpet
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