verb (used without object)

to blow a trumpet.
to emit a loud, trumpetlike cry, as an elephant.

verb (used with object)

Origin of trumpet

1300–50; Middle English trumpette, trompette < French, equivalent to trompe trump2 + -ette -et
Related formstrum·pet·less, adjectivetrum·pet·like, adjectiveun·trum·pet·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for trumpeted

advertise, tout, publish, proclaim, herald

Examples from the Web for trumpeted

Contemporary Examples of trumpeted

Historical Examples of trumpeted

  • Gilian put his hand to his mouth and trumpeted his response.

  • He trumpeted in great pain because the tiger's claws were cutting into his flesh.

    Kari the Elephant

    Dhan Gopal Mukerji

  • Big Bahut whimpered all night and trumpeted as if his heart were broken.

    IT and Other Stories

    Gouverneur Morris

  • He too halted, threw up his trunk and trumpeted preparatory to a charge.

    Maiwa's Revenge

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Now, you gentlemen were alarmed, I believe, when I trumpeted.

    The Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for trumpeted



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 animalthe 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

verb -pets, -peting or -peted

to proclaim or sound loudly
Derived Formstrumpet-like, adjective

Word Origin for trumpet

C13: from Old French trompette a little trump ²
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Word Origin and History for trumpeted



c.1300, from Old French trompette "trumpet," diminutive of trompe (see trump (n.2)). The verb is recorded from 1520s; figurative sense of "to proclaim, extol" is attested from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

trumpeted in Culture


A brass instrument with a brilliant tone, much used in classical music, as well as in military music and jazz.

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