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

  • n. Music A soprano brass wind instrument consisting of a long metal tube looped once and ending in a flared bell, the modern type being equipped with three valves for producing variations in pitch.
  • n. Something shaped or sounding like this instrument.
  • n. Music An organ stop that produces a tone like that of the brass wind instrument.
  • n. A resounding call, as that of the elephant.
  • intransitive v. Music To play a trumpet.
  • intransitive v. To give forth a resounding call.
  • transitive v. To sound or proclaim loudly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A musical instrument of the brass family, generally tuned to the key of B-flat.
  • n. In an orchestra or other musical group, a musician that plays the trumpet.
  • n. The cry of an elephant.
  • v. To sound loudly, be amplified
  • v. To play the trumpet.
  • v. Of an elephant, to make its cry.
  • v. To proclaim loudly; to promote enthusiastically

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wind instrument of great antiquity, much used in war and military exercises, and of great value in the orchestra. In consists of a long metallic tube, curved (once or twice) into a convenient shape, and ending in a bell. Its scale in the lower octaves is limited to the first natural harmonics; but there are modern trumpets capable, by means of valves or pistons, of producing every tone within their compass, although at the expense of the true ringing quality of tone.
  • n. A trumpeter.
  • n. One who praises, or propagates praise, or is the instrument of propagating it.
  • n. A funnel, or short, fiaring pipe, used as a guide or conductor, as for yarn in a knitting machine.
  • intransitive v. To sound loudly, or with a tone like a trumpet; to utter a trumplike cry.
  • transitive v. To publish by, or as by, sound of trumpet; to noise abroad; to proclaim.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To publish by sound of trumpet; hence, to blaze or noise abroad; proclaim; celebrate.
  • To form with a swell or in the shape of a bell or funnel.
  • To sound a trumpet; also, to emit a loud trumpet-like sound or cry, as an elephant.
  • n. A musical wind-instrument, properly of metal, consisting of a cup-shaped mouthpiece, a long cylindrical or a short conical tube, and a flaring bell.
  • n. In organ-building, a powerful reed-stop, having a tone somewhat resembling that of a trumpet.
  • n. A trumpeter; one who sounds a trumpet, either literally or figuratively.
  • n. A sound like that of a trumpet; a loud cry, especially that of the elephant.
  • n. A funnel- or trumpet-shaped conductor or guide used in many forms of drawing, doubling, spinning, or other machines to guide the slivers, rovings, yarns, wire, or other materials to the machine, and at once to compact them. It is made in many shapes, but in all the flaring trumpet-mouth is suggested.
  • n. The flaring mouth of a draw-head of a railway-car, serving to guide the coupling to the pin or other fastening.
  • n. A trumpet-shell or sea-trumpet; a triton. See cuts under chank and Triton.
  • n. One of the pitcher-plants, Sarracenia flava. See trumpetleaf.

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

  • n. a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
  • v. utter in trumpet-like sounds
  • v. proclaim on, or as if on, a trumpet
  • v. play or blow on the trumpet


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

Middle English trumpette, from Old French trompette, diminutive of trompe, horn, from Old High German trumpa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English trumpette, trompette ("trumpet") from Old French trompette ("trumpet"), diminutive of trompe ("horn, trump, trumpet"), from Frankish *trumpa, *trumba (“trumpet”). Akin to Old High German trumpa, trumba ("horn, trumpet"), Middle Dutch tromme ("drum"), Middle Low German trumme ("drum"). More at drum.



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