One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the stage directions of Elizabethan plays) a call on a trumpet or cornet to signal the ceremonial entrance or exit of an actor.
- ‘The finale burns down the barn with sennets and tuckets from the trumpets, echoed rhythmically by the timpani.’
- ‘Of the various types of ceremonial trumpet signal, for example, sennet and tucket emerge with precise meanings, but flourish seems at times a more generalized term.’
Late 16th century: perhaps a variant of signet.
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