Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A trumpet fanfare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fanfare played on one or more trumpets.
  • n. A steak; a collop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slight flourish on a trumpet; a fanfare.
  • n. A steak; a collop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flourish on a trumpet; a fanfare. The term may originally have been used of a drumsignal.
  • n. A steak; a collop.
  • n. A small ear of maize in the green and milky stage of growth. Also used attributively: as, tucket corn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments

Etymologies

Probably from obsolete tuk, from Middle English, from tukken, to beat a drum; see tuck2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Italian tocchetto ("a ragout of fish, meat"), from tocco ("a bit, morsel"), Late Latin tucetum ("a thick gravy"), tuccetum ("a thick gravy"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Quarrelling, snatching, but smoothly efficient, they speedily draped themselves; took a tucket in here, let a gusset out there, spliced a waist or strapped up a bodice; in no time at all they were like paradise birds, and off they minced to see the old lady.

    Cider With Rosie

  • The provost's litter, too, came up alongside the duke's horse in the open space, then they all moved forward at the slow processional: three steps and a halt for the trumpets to blow a tucket; three more and another tucket; the great yellow horse stepping high and casting up his head, from which flew many flakes of white foam.

    Privy Seal His Last Venture

  • _ IV, ii, 35, where the Constable of France orders the trumpets to 'sound the tucket-sonance, and the note to mount,' which fits in with Markham's definition, for the passage appears to recognise the tucket as in some sort a _preparatory_ signal.

    Shakespeare and Music With Illustrations from the Music of the 16th and 17th centuries

  • 'Your husband is at hand; I hear his trumpet --' _i. e._, the 'tucket sounded' which is indicated in the stage direction.

    Shakespeare and Music With Illustrations from the Music of the 16th and 17th centuries

  • Instantly, without the church, a tucket sounded shrill, and through the open portal archers and men-at-arms, uniformly arrayed in the colours and wearing the badge of Lord Risingham, began to file into the church, took Dick and Lawless from those who still detained them, and, closing their files about the prisoners, marched forth again and disappeared.

    The Black Arrow

  • But it is always the easier to destroy; and when a single note upon the tucket recalled the attacking party from this desperate service, much of the barricade had been removed piecemeal, and the whole fabric had sunk to half its height, and tottered to a general fall.

    The Black Arrow

  • By this time the tucket was sounding cheerily in the morning, and from all sides Sir Daniel's men poured into the main street and formed before the inn.

    The Black Arrow

  • And while the tucket was sounding, Bennet moved close to the bewildered parson, and whispered violently in his ear.

    The Black Arrow

  • And therewith he raised a little tucket to his mouth and wound a rousing call.

    The Black Arrow

  • Classical 'tuck' from Italian 'toccata,' the preluding 'touch' or flourish, on any instrument (but see Johnson under word 'tucket,' quoting _Othello_).

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