One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Arrogant or boastful talk.‘he almost smiled at this fanfaronade—the idea was ludicrous’
boldness, bold manner, swagger, swaggering, bluster, swashbucklingView synonyms
- ‘With this boasting, this ‘fanfaronade’ as he himself called it, he wanted to show that Prussia was still rich and powerful.’
2A fanfare.‘a military fanfaronade’
peal of trumpets, flourish, trumpet call, trumpet blareView synonyms
- ‘In addition, they decided to emphasise melody rather than go for rhythmic fanfaronades.’
- ‘The second notification was that of the king's acceptance of the new constitution; accompanied with fanfaronades in the modern style of the French bureaus.’
Mid 17th century: from French fanfaronnade, from fanfaron ‘braggart’, from fanfare (see fanfare).
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