American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music A loud flourish of brass instruments, especially trumpets.
- n. A spectacular public display.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flourish of trumpets, either in hunting, in martial assemblages, or in the course of a musical work; a noisy flourish.
- n. Hence An ostentatious parade or boast; bravado.
- n. In bookbinding, an erratic or eccentric style of decoration which purposely avoids regular or geometrical design.
- n. countable A flourish of trumpets or horns as to announce; a short and lively air performed on hunting horns during the chase.
- n. uncountable A show of ceremony or celebration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A flourish of trumpets, as in coming into the lists, etc.; also, a short and lively air performed on hunting horns during the chase.
- n. a gaudy outward display
- n. (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments
- French, possibly of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“GWB would have vetoed a bill he thought to be bad (and demanded a “clean bill” with much fanfare from the media about the need to give our CiC a clean bill).”
“Finally, a seemingly reluctant Salonen arrived for a solo bow to thunderous applause and a surprise impromptu fanfare from the brass players on stage.”
“They did the fanfare from the LA Olympics, and some Harry Potter, and a very odd selection from Jurassic Park 2, and the main theme from Raiders, and they did Superman.”
“What GE announced with much fanfare is a light bulb that wonâ€ ™ t be on the market for several years, a light bulb that will be about half as efficient as a current generation compact fluorescent (CFL) lights.”
“Thanking people - whether privately or with fanfare, is always a good thing.”
“Yet, as the San Francisco Giants entered the week as baseball's only undefeated team, ignored in all the fanfare is one of the most amazing stories of all:”
“As the distinguished guests approached the Canadian Room they passed through the outstanding Guard-of-Honour provided by the Royal Regiment of Canada and were greeted as they entered the Canadian Room itself by a resounding fanfare from the Coronation Trumpeters of the GovernorGeneral's Horse Guards.”
“When the team launched it promised a whole lot of hope and refreshment to a tainted and recently jaded sport; it came out with all guns blazing in fanfare that took the commercial and promotional side of the sport by the scruff of the neck, effectively dragging pro cycling out of the 80’s and into the world of multi-media.”
“A red curtain parts, revealing the Fox logo – it’s very 20th Century – as Alfred Newman’s fanfare is conducted by some tuxedoed spastic.”
“It's a fanfare, which is like the music that plays when a king comes into court," Wilson said.”
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