Definition of trumpet in English:



  • 1A brass musical instrument with a flared bell and a bright, penetrating tone. The modern instrument has the tubing looped to form a straight-sided coil, with three valves.

    • ‘The furniture had been replaced with guitars, bells, trumpets and tambourines.’
    • ‘I play a number of different instruments including guitar, trumpet, flute and saxophone, but my main interest is composing.’
    • ‘Such music is varied, but the instruments commonly used include trumpets, flutes, long brass horns, percussion frame drums, cymbals, and kettle drums.’
    • ‘As he ran he heard a distant bugle of a brass trumpet.’
    • ‘While they were eating, a small jazz band in the corner, made up of only a trumpet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, flute, and drums, provided music.’
    • ‘My mother played some piano and my father was able to play violin, some piano, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and trombone.’
    • ‘They were enrolled in beginning school ensemble programs, with most of them learning the clarinet, trumpet, flute or saxophone.’
    • ‘Most of them were holding an instrument of some sort, whether it was a trumpet or trombone, snare drum or flute.’
    • ‘Flutes, saxophones, clarinets, trumpets and bassoons share the spotlight and take frequent solos that, like the vocals, often ramble aimlessly.’
    • ‘The Bohemian works were written for the keyed trumpet's predecessor, the valve trumpet.’
    • ‘Soon afterwards, he joined the local brass band, learning first the trombone, then the trumpet and cornet.’
    • ‘Children also get to learn the saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar, violin, and drums, among other things.’
    • ‘They are also accomplished musicians too, playing saxophone, trumpet, trombone, harmonica and acoustic guitar.’
    • ‘On this recording, there are nine violins, three violas, three cellos, a double bass, one flute, three oboes, one bassoon, three trumpets, a set of timpani, and a harpsichord.’
    • ‘The corps currently has 40 members, aged from seven to 20, who play instruments including trumpets, cornets and flutes.’
    • ‘Nor is it all normal trumpets: this CD boasts piccolo trumpets, bass trumpets, cornets and flugelhorns, as well as a smattering of percussion.’
    • ‘This blended apparently effortlessly with vocals, a trumpet, flute, saxophone, guitars and drums.’
    • ‘He was a multi-instrumentalist skilled on the saxophone, the flute, the trumpet and other instruments he invented because he felt he needed a new sound.’
    • ‘The band has 16 members - one vocalist and 15 who play instruments including trumpets, guitars, saxophones, trombones, drums and an organ.’
    • ‘Dad played the saxophone, clarinet, trumpet or cornet, and the French horn.’
    1. 1.1An organ reed stop with a quality resembling that of a trumpet.
      • ‘Common trumpet reed names are Posaune, Bombard, Trumpet, and Clarion.’
      • ‘If an organ has only one manual reed stop, it is often a Trumpet, and usually on the Swell.’
    2. 1.2Something shaped like a trumpet, especially the tubular corona of a daffodil flower.
      • ‘The Angel's trumpet flower produces a narcotic scent used by South American shamans to induce visionary dreams.’
      • ‘It produces large trumpet, ivory white flowers which open a lovely pale primrose yellow, fading gradually to pure white.’
      • ‘So far, I have never seen any hummingbirds there, although I am told that they find trumpet flowers irresistible.’
      • ‘If you want something a little different, try Digitalis Parviflora with its rust coloured flowers on upright stems, or Digitalis Ferringinea with its small trumpets of coppery-yellow flower.’
      • ‘It's a member of the daffodil family, but looks much more delicate than the big yellow trumpet daffodils you see in people's yards in the spring.’
      • ‘For a full century, King Alfred has set the standard for yellow trumpet daffodils.’
      • ‘Hybrids include ‘Tete-a-Tete’ up to 20 cm high with long lasting deep yellow flowers, ‘Jack Snipe’ and ‘February Silver’ both with white petals and yellow trumpets and ‘Beryl’ with primrose petals and orange trumpet.’
      • ‘Close up, though, it looked like the trumpets of daffodils, which made them the most spring-like thing I saw all day.’
      • ‘In no time at all, as we descended into damper riverside places, there were daffodils trumpets nearly fully formed and fit for a photo.’
      • ‘Everywhere I went, there were daffodils - a million yellow trumpets saluting the arrival of the brand new season, smiling up at the clear blue sky and the bright cool sunshine above them.’
    3. 1.3A sound resembling that of a trumpet, especially the loud cry of an elephant.
      • ‘It is a noise half-way between a lion's roar and the trumpet of an irritated elephant.’
      • ‘Disney World's Animal Kingdom team has sorted elephant calls into trumpets, snorts, croaks, revs, chuffs, noisy rumbles, loud rumbles, and rumbles.’
      • ‘The loud trumpet sounds from the Elephant large as he knocks down a tree in a single charge.’
      • ‘As we headed back, we suddenly heard the trumpet of an elephant that was extremely close.’
      • ‘There was no sound except the crackle of the fire, a hyena cry and the occasional trumpet of an elephant.’
  • 2A North American pitcher plant.

    • ‘Trumpets are found in bogs and in wet pine barrens.’
    • ‘The yellow trumpets should be preferably located in a place where it can have at least a few hours a day of direct solar light.’
    • ‘The yellow trumpets should be grown in a bright place, with direct sunlight.’


  • 1[no object] Play a trumpet.

    ‘figures of two trumpeting angels’
    • ‘The avenues of carved deities, courtyards and temples are seething with trumpeting musicians and drummers, with processions escorting deities.’
    • ‘They were trumpeting like crazy and inside this huge old concrete building, it was deafening.’
    • ‘London's trumpeting busker played the downtown streets and community for many years before giving it up this year.’
    1. 1.1Make a loud, penetrating sound resembling that of a trumpet.
      ‘wild elephants trumpeting in the bush’
      • ‘The elephant climbed up the 1676 metre Doi Suthep, or Suthep Mountain, but when it neared the summit it trumpeted and died.’
      • ‘The child heard a loud trumpeting and jumped in fright, spinning around to see what it was while clutching the creature tightly, just as it was grasping him.’
      • ‘The air at Pinnawala rings with bellows and trumpeting, and the cries of ‘mahouts,’ wiry men in sarongs and flip flops who care for and instruct the elephants.’
      • ‘Five times a jackal barks in the cold season, and the elephants trumpet and donkeys bay many times more.’
      • ‘The streets erupt in a saturnalia of lawlessness, to which the director adds an inspired touch: an escaped elephant from Barnum's circus trumpeting down the rubble-strewn streets.’
      • ‘‘The elephants got really scared, and the matriarch made these very powerful warning calls, and then the herd took off screaming and trumpeting,’ she recalls.’
      • ‘We were walking along the path to our tents when a loud trumpeting stopped us in our tracks.’
      • ‘So, along with chemical signals and higher range trumpeting and shrieks, elephants have an extensive range of communication.’
      • ‘The loud trumpeting is resulting in the elephants fleeing in panic.’
      • ‘Besides trumpeting, they also communicate with other sounds.’
      • ‘Through the center is a pipe that allows the elephant to make the loud trumpeting noise; it can also hold 4 litres of water.’
      • ‘A quarter of an hour thus passed; then suddenly one of the elephants trumpeted, and a tremendous crashing in the reeds ensued.’
      • ‘But we saw lots of keweel animals, and the elephants decided to put on a real show, trumpeting and running around their compound.’
      • ‘To playback sounds of galloping, roaring and trumpeting, the horses, lions and jumbos enthralled the parents who had a tough time to spot their tots in the masked group.’
      • ‘It's a safari postcard moment: A family of elephants rush together, rumbling, trumpeting, and screaming, their chorused voices deafening in the wilderness.’
      • ‘Animal noises trumpeted, and the figures around her exploded into motion.’
      • ‘In general, vocalizations are varied and include: trumpeting, whistles, twitters, honks, barks, grunts, quacks, croaks and growls.’
      • ‘And then, suddenly, cheery music started trumpeting out of the loudspeakers and over a hundred of the students who had left the hall, re-entered it dressed in matching shirts, laughing and dancing to the music.’
      • ‘Later, the chorus was taken up by elephants trumpeting as they came down to drink.’
      • ‘The animal screamed in terror, and began running wildly, trumpeting and yelling.’
      shout, bellow, roar, yell, cry out, call out
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  • 2[with object] Proclaim widely or loudly.

    ‘the press trumpeted another defeat for the government’
    • ‘Yet the feat she trumpets most was, in June, gaining her peerage.’
    • ‘These results were widely trumpeted in the media as the long awaited ‘vindication’ of Atkins and his diet.’
    • ‘The significance of ice hockey to Canadian culture is widely trumpeted within the popular and even academic realms.’
    • ‘Announced in February, the deal was trumpeted as creating Scotland's biggest law firm - at least in number of partners.’
    • ‘Frankly, this sounds like the kind of nonsense frequently trumpeted about period pains or conditions such as ME by people who have never experienced them.’
    • ‘Although these funds are tiny, their awful performance is widely trumpeted in the financial press.’
    • ‘A month ago, his Edinburgh branch was issuing a press release trumpeting the fact that 46 of those made redundant there had found retraining as gas central heating fitters.’
    • ‘How about trumpeting what you think makes your product good in a positive way?’
    • ‘Each study is trumpeted by the press as the definitive study on the subject, only to have that view completely turned around a month later.’
    • ‘The new breed of paper focused on sensational stories about city life and trumpeted the value of a popular press as a bulwark of democracy.’
    • ‘That is something else the Government trumpeted.’
    • ‘Some politicians trumpet these results very loudly as some sort of achievement.’
    • ‘Ironically, some of the very arguments by sociologists trumpeting that decline therefore encourage it.’
    • ‘If a modern celebrity were to support something of this nature it would be trumpeted constantly in the press.’
    • ‘It's a position that security professionals have been trumpeting for some time.’
    • ‘It hasn't worked very well, so now more traditional public health methods are coming back into use and being trumpeted in the press as major innovations.’
    • ‘Last December the party trumpeted that one sixth of the Norwegian population were immigrants and called for new immigration controls.’
    • ‘Headlines trumpeting federal and state fiscal problems are commonplace across the nation.’
    • ‘The reason that she is not doing so is she does not like good figures; she wants to trumpet old and bad figures that actually do not relate to the reality, at all.’
    • ‘These kinds of serious decisions are rarely trumpeted in the public press, since the element of surprise is often critical to their successful implementation.’
    proclaim, announce, declare, broadcast, promulgate, noise abroad, shout from the rooftops, blazon
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Middle English: from Old French trompette, diminutive of trompe (see trump). The verb dates from the mid 16th century.