One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A flourish on a trumpet.
peal of trumpets, flourish, fanfaronade, trumpet call, trumpet blareView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘There are no musical samples extant of sennets and tuckets.’
- ‘Tributes were penned, tuckets were sounded, haggis was downed.’
- ‘A few late 16th and early 17th-century instruction manuscripts have survived with military calls, short fanfares (It.: toccata, whence tucket), and longer flourishes (It.: sonata, whence sennet) written out.’
- ‘The finale burns down the barn with sennets and tuckets from the trumpets, echoed rhythmically by the timpani.’
Late 16th century: from obsolete tuck ‘beat a drum’, from Old Northern French toquer, from the base of touch.
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