- a brass instrument with a bright tone, consisting of a tube in an oblong loop or loops, with a flared bell and, in the modern instrument, three valves for producing changes in pitch
- something shaped like a trumpet; esp., ear trumpet
- [pl.] a pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava) of the SE U.S., with slender, erect, hollow leaves
- a sound like that of a trumpet; specif., the reverberating call of an elephant
- a trumpet-toned organ stop
Origin of trumpetMiddle English trompette from MFr, diminutive of trompe: see trump
- to blow a trumpet
- to make a sound like a trumpet
- to sound on a trumpet
- to sound or utter with a trumpetlike tone
- to proclaim loudly or widely
- a. Music A soprano brass 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.b. Something shaped or sounding like this instrument.
- Music An organ stop that produces a tone like that of the brass instrument.
- A resounding call, as that of the elephant.
verbtrum·pet·ed, trum·pet·ing, trum·pets
- Music To play a trumpet.
- To give forth a resounding call.
Origin of trumpetMiddle English trumpette from Old French trompette diminutive of trompe horn from Old High German trumpa
- A musical instrument of the brass family, generally tuned to the key of B-flat.
- The royal herald sounded a trumpet to announce their arrival.
- In an orchestra or other musical group, a musician that plays the trumpet.
- The trumpets were assigned to stand at the rear of the orchestra pit.
- The cry of an elephant.
- The large bull gave a basso trumpet as he charged the hunters.
- (figuratively) One who praises, or propagates praise, or is the instrument of propagating it.
- A funnel, or short flaring pipe, used as a guide or conductor, as for yarn in a knitting machine.
(third-person singular simple present trumpets, present participle trumpeting, simple past and past participle trumpeted)
- (intransitive) To sound loudly, be amplified
- The music trumpeted from the speakers, hurting my ears.
- (intransitive) To play the trumpet.
- Cedric made a living trumpeting for the change of passersby in the subway.
- (intransitive) Of an elephant, to make its cry.
- The circus trainer cracked the whip, signaling the elephant to trumpet.
- To proclaim loudly; to promote enthusiastically
- Andy trumpeted Jane's secret across the school, much to her embarrassment.
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.