Definition of trumpeter in US English:



  • 1A person who plays a trumpet.

    • ‘The trumpeter and composer is also passionate about the alcoholism and drug organisation he has recently launched.’
    • ‘We will hear again the lead trumpeter's two-note rift telling his musicians it's time to celebrate.’
    • ‘The ladies rode on palfreys or were drawn on litters, escorted by gentlemen, squires and pages, with trumpeters, drummers and minstrels.’
    • ‘The timpanist, however, sounds tentative throughout, as if afraid to overwhelm the trumpeters.’
    • ‘The drummers and trumpeters they employed moved about from stage to balcony and turret as they were required.’
    • ‘As a trumpeter, I have played a number of trumpet tunes and voluntaries that were transcriptions of original baroque organ works.’
    • ‘Prima was also a serious musician, an expert trumpeter and author of numerous tunes including the jazz standard ‘Sing Sing Sing!’’
    • ‘Imperial processions were vast, with drummers, trumpeters, attendants carrying torches and many more.’
    • ‘Were you ever a trumpeter or other brass instrument player?’
    • ‘He is an extrovert trumpeter and composer, confident and even refreshingly brash at times!’
    • ‘Many of the scenes are divided by instrumental passages played by a small ensemble of trumpeters and drummers sitting at the back of the stage.’
    • ‘Then trumpeters played a fanfare, fireworks boomed and crackled across the sky and children from schools on either side of the river waved flags and exchanged huge greetings cards to commemorate new links between their communities.’
    • ‘Bands of that era also featured great pianists, bassists, trumpeters, flautists, violinists, and occasional saxophonists.’
    • ‘I think by the way, you might think of having trumpets and trumpeters do your signature tune when have you a new one.’
    • ‘Tuneful trumpeters joined harmonious horn players at Bury Music Centre when they staged annual concert performances.’
    • ‘Few jazz musicians are experts on three instruments, but that's not the only thing that makes this accomplished trumpeter, pianist and drummer Brad unusual in jazz circles.’
    • ‘My dad had been a trumpeter, too, but became a pianist because it was easier to make a living that way.’
    • ‘Tapestries hung from the trumpets of the state trumpeters.’
    • ‘The early years Rossini's father was a trumpeter and horn player, his mother a singer.’
    • ‘The trumpeter is the nominal leader of this highly musical jam session.’
    boaster, brag, bragger, show-off, blusterer, swaggerer, poser, poseur, poseuse, peacock, egotist, self-publicist
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  • 2A large gregarious ground-dwelling bird of tropical South American forests, with mainly black plumage and loud trumpeting and booming calls.

    Family Psophiidae and genus Psophia: three species

    • ‘Alone among ground-dwelling creatures attracted to fruiting trees, trumpeters disperse - rather than consume and destroy - the seeds in the fruits they eat.’
    • ‘There are trumpeters, cariamas, and the limpkin in South America; sungrebes in South America, Africa, and southeastern Asia; and mesites on Madagascar.’
    • ‘Tubby birds, about 50 cm long in body, with long necks and long legs, trumpeters are gregarious, noisy, as befits their name, living mostly on the ground and nesting in tree holes.’
    • ‘Unlike other birds that live on the forest floor, trumpeters are not particularly shy and readily habituate to the presence of humans.’
    • ‘The mallards, golden-eyes and trumpeters were still there, working the shallows of the river for aquatic plants.’
  • 3A pigeon of a domestic breed that makes a trumpet-like sound.

    • ‘Monks are closely related to several other domestic color pigeon breeds: the priest pigeon and the Bernberg trumpeter pigeon.’
    • ‘Splash marked English Trumpeters ideally are 50-50 colored to white feathers, but no two are marked alike.’
  • 4An edible marine fish with a spiny dorsal fin, found chiefly in cool Australasian waters and said to make a grunting or trumpeting sound when taken out of the water.

    Family Latridae: several genera and species, including the Tasmanian trumpeter (Latris lineata), prized as food

    • ‘The trumpeter's normal centre of abundance is about and south of Cook Strait, although winter stragglers may reach Doubtless Bay.’
    • ‘There is little targeting for trumpeter so it is mostly caught as a bycatch species.’
    • ‘This view of the head of the trumpeter (Latris lineata) shows its distinct mouth, reminiscent of the puckered lips of a trumpet player.’