Definition of fanfare in English:

fanfare

noun

  • 1A short ceremonial tune or flourish played on brass instruments, typically to introduce something or someone important:

    ‘a specially composed fanfare announced the arrival of the Duchess’
    • ‘Boldly modern trumpet fanfares (à la Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto) resound in the ‘Dance of Poison’.’
    • ‘Then, there was an important-sounding fanfare, and a mellifluous announcer introduced the first Guest of Honour talk.’
    • ‘Arthur Bliss, whose music I'd like to know more of, is represented by two spectacular ceremonial fanfares, which he wrote as Master of the Queen's Musick for the wedding of Princess Margaret.’
    • ‘Trumpets of various types were used in organized armies from Ancient Egypt onwards, to give signals in camp or battle and to sound fanfares on ceremonial occasions.’
    • ‘A fanfare of trumpets announced the arrival of the king and everyone stood.’
    • ‘Through a chromatic mist of string ostinatos, a plainsong chorale gradually emerges in the brass climaxing in resplendent fanfares, before fading away into a haze of sound as the procession recedes.’
    • ‘From the opening brass fanfares to the insouciance of the finale, the piece evokes images of mounted guardsmen, band shells in Bath, kids with pennywhistles, and even the elegiac promptings of night.’
    • ‘The opening movement combines a brass fanfare with a Widorian toccata figure for its music argument.’
    • ‘In the spirit of Shostakovich's last symphony, Vainberg quotes trumpet fanfares from well-known works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Bizet, and Mendelssohn.’
    • ‘All at once, Wormhole Square resounded with a fanfare of trumpets as heralds announced the arrival of a notable procession.’
    • ‘The first movement opens with a striking fanfare, and fanfares return in the otherwise peaceful finale, and overall, the mood is heroic, but without militarism or Soviet bombast.’
    • ‘It builds to a furious pace with something like a brass fanfare at one point.’
    • ‘Brass fanfares in the manner of Janácek's Sinfonietta mark the ‘Dance of Brutality’.’
    • ‘On the glass panel of the telephone box a lithe figure of ambiguous gender was blowing a trumpet fanfare to celebrate his arrival.’
    • ‘First came the fanfare of pipe bands, brass bands and tenors.’
    • ‘Originally improvised (as distinct from military signals), fanfares are used for ceremonial purposes, for example to announce the entrance of a dignitary, and are characterized by reliance on the harmonic series.’
    • ‘The president of the bullfight signals for the first bull to be released whereupon the fanfare of trumpets from the brass band also ends the paso doble (popular two beat dance music).’
    • ‘Brass fanfares and skirling strings back Ashcroft's voice.’
    • ‘The festive mood is set by the fanfare of trumpets and bells in the arrangement by London's Roger Harvey.’
    • ‘This is a set of twenty-nine short pieces, most truly titled ‘Trumpet Tunes,’ but also ‘trumpet’ voluntaries, fanfares and processions.’
    peal of trumpets, flourish, fanfaronade, trumpet call, trumpet blare
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] Media attention or elaborate ceremony:
      ‘the studio released this film with great fanfare but no commercial success’
      • ‘In numerous cases, there is a great media fanfare as the police herald the arrest of a so-called terrorist cell, only for the case to be quietly dropped days, weeks or months later.’
      • ‘Many feel that the media fanfare surrounding your divorce hurt your career.’
      • ‘The 22-year-old arrived without huge fanfare or any of the media lobbying that normally accompanies the promotion of a fresh face.’
      • ‘The launch of Windows 2000 last week was not accompanied by the usual fanfare of hype and publicity surrounding the launch of a Microsoft operating environment.’
      • ‘They train every day, without fanfare or public attention.’
      • ‘Hospital visits to comfort sick kids have been regular, but done without any media fanfare.’
      • ‘A book detailing the Three Represents was published last week to great fanfare in the official media, even though the theory was first announced more than a year ago.’
      • ‘The Québec government and Makivik Corporation signed a framework agreement on a new government for Nunavik, with little media fanfare or public ceremony.’
      • ‘Amidst the usual media fanfare, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for its annual Oscar awards Tuesday morning.’
      • ‘Initially, the MAI negotiations had begun in the fall of 1995 with little attention or public fanfare.’
      • ‘So what is going on with the new EU members - they have only been members for six weeks and enjoyed all the hype and fanfare of joining - but firstly they couldn't be bothered to turn out to vote.’
      • ‘Secondly, with a lot of media fanfare, an impression was created that there would be a far-reaching reshuffle of permanent secretaries and this would be a new era of public service.’
      • ‘It was November of 1919 before the outcome of the eclipse analysis was made public, with great fanfare in London.’
      • ‘How did this elitist come to write a set of stories that at the last count have sold some 80m copies and are about to come to the cinema screens with as much fanfare and hype as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings received?’
      • ‘Last year, Microsoft shipped Windows Media Center to much public fanfare but less than glowing reviews.’
      • ‘With a lot of fanfare and plenty of media exposure, his Jet2 airline took to the skies just over a week ago for its inaugural destination of Amsterdam.’
      • ‘One project that is seemingly outstripping all others is Airbus's A380, introduced in a fanfare about eight years ago but is due for its first flight this year.’
      • ‘These events are formally managed by the states holding the Council presidency and are finalized - amidst much media fanfare - at a European Council by the heads of state and government.’
      • ‘More important from a predictive point of view, the Amex Oil Index, made a five year high when it closed above 610 on April 16, with little fanfare from the major media.’
      • ‘On that memorable day, the National Constitution Center museum was opened in Philadelphia amidst great fanfare and national attention.’
      fuss, commotion, stir, show, showiness, display, ostentation, flashiness, publicity, sensationalism, pageantry, splendour, hubbub, brouhaha
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Origin

Mid 18th century: from French, ultimately of imitative origin.

Pronunciation

fanfare

/ˈfanfɛː/