• WordNet 3.6
    • v trumpet utter in trumpet-like sounds "Elephants are trumpeting"
    • v trumpet proclaim on, or as if on, a trumpet "Liberals like to trumpet their opposition to the death penalty"
    • v trumpet play or blow on the trumpet
    • n trumpet a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner
"Blow Up the Trumpet in the New Moon." "Blow Up the Trumpet in the New Moon."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A ear trumpet was used before the hearing aid was invented by people who had difficulty hearing
    • Trumpet (Mach) A funnel, or short, fiaring pipe, used as a guide or conductor, as for yarn in a knitting machine.
    • Trumpet (Mil) A trumpeter.
    • Trumpet (Mus) A wind instrument of great antiquity, much used in war and military exercises, and of great value in the orchestra. In consists of a long metallic tube, curved (once or twice) into a convenient shape, and ending in a bell. Its scale in the lower octaves is limited to the first natural harmonics; but there are modern trumpets capable, by means of valves or pistons, of producing every tone within their compass, although at the expense of the true ringing quality of tone. "The trumpet's loud clangor
      Excites us to arms."
    • Trumpet One who praises, or propagates praise, or is the instrument of propagating it. "That great politician was pleased to have the greatest wit of those times . . . to be the trumpet of his praises."
    • v. t Trumpet To publish by, or as by, sound of trumpet; to noise abroad; to proclaim; as, to trumpet good tidings. "They did nothing but publish and trumpet all the reproaches they could devise against the Irish."
    • v. i Trumpet To sound loudly, or with a tone like a trumpet; to utter a trumplike cry.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The brass family of instruments include the trumpet, trombone, tuba, cornet, flügelhorn, French horn, saxhorn, and sousaphone. While they are usually made of brass today, in the past they were made of wood, horn, and glass.
    • n trumpet A musical wind-instrument, properly of metal, consisting of a cup-shaped mouthpiece, a long cylindrical or a short conical tube, and a flaring bell. The tones are produced by the vibrations of the player's lips. The fundamental tone of the tube depends on its length, but by varying the force of the breath and the method of embouchure, a considerable series of harmonies can also be produced, so that the compass of the instrument extends to about four octaves, the tones in the upper part of the series lying close together. By the addition of a slide, like that of the trombone, or of valves, as in the cornetà-pistons, or of finger-holes and keys, as in the key-bugle and the serpent, a large number of other tones can be secured, so as to give a very full and continuous compass, well adjusted as to intonation. The fundamental tone can be extensively varied in modern instruments by the use of crooks. The trumpet is the typical instrument of a very numerous family of instruments, of which the horn, the bugle, the cornet, the trombone, the tuba, the euphonium, and the serpent are prominent members. Then name trumpet itself has been applied to a large number of different instruments at different times. In ancient times two varieties were important—the one straight (the luba), and the other curved (the lituus), the latter being often made of wood or horn. In the medieval period the evolution of a great number of variants was rapid, with little emphasis on any one distinctively known as the trumpet. In the eighteenth century, and early in the nineteenth, the present orchestral trumpet reached its full development in a twice-doubled tube about five and a half feet long (or with the longest crook eight feet), without keys or valves, but with a short slide for correcting the intonation of certain of the upper tones and for adding intermediate tones. The artistic value of this instrument is great; but in most cases music written for it is now generally given to valve-instruments of the cornet kind, whose tone can never be as pure and true. The use of the trumpet was frequent with Bach and Handel, under the names clarino and principale. The instrument is most common now in works of a martial or festal character, but it is also useful for adding color to various combinations, especially with other wind-instruments. Music for the trumpet is traditionally written in the key of C, and the intended fundamental tone (to be obtained by the use of the appropriate crook) is indicated at the beginning, as “clarino in F” or “tromba in E.” Instruments of the trumpet class have always been used for military purposes, especially for signaling and in military bands.
    • n trumpet In organ-building, a powerful reed-stop, having a tone somewhat resembling that of a trumpet.
    • n trumpet A trumpeter; one who sounds a trumpet, either literally or figuratively.
    • n trumpet A sound like that of a trumpet; a loud cry, especially that of the elephant.
    • n trumpet A funnel- or trumpet-shaped conductor or guide used in many forms of drawing, doubling, spinning, or other machines to guide the slivers, rovings, yarns, wire, or other materials to the machine, and at once to compact them. It is made in many shapes, but in all the flaring trumpet-mouth is suggested.
    • n trumpet The flaring mouth of a draw-head of a railway-car, serving to guide the coupling to the pin or other fastening.
    • n trumpet A trumpet-shell or sea-trumpet; a triton. See cuts under chank and Triton.
    • n trumpet One of the pitcher-plants, Sarracenia flava. See trumpetleaf.
    • trumpet To publish by sound of trumpet; hence, to blaze or noise abroad; proclaim; celebrate.
    • trumpet To form with a swell or in the shape of a bell or funnel.
    • trumpet To sound a trumpet; also, to emit a loud trumpet-like sound or cry, as an elephant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Neither the saxophone, the tuba, the coronet, nor the valve trumpet existed before 1800.
    • n Trumpet trum′pet the most ancient of wind instruments, formed of a long, narrow, straight tube, bent twice on itself, the last fifteen inches tapering into a bell, and sounded by means of a cupped mouthpiece—much used in military signalling: in organs, a powerful reed-stop having a trumpet-like sound: a cry resembling a trumpet-sound:
    • v.t Trumpet to publish by trumpet: to proclaim: to sound the praises of
    • v.i Trumpet to sound a trumpet
    • n Trumpet trum′pet (fig.) one who praises
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  • Theodore M. Hesburgh
    Theodore M. Hesburgh
    “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.”
  • J. Donald Walters
    J. Donald Walters
    “Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.”
  • Aneurin Bevan
    “He seems determined to make a trumpet sound like a tin whistle.”
  • Nkrumah Farrar
    Nkrumah Farrar
    “Humility has no home in celebrity. Be humble in your direct dealings with people, but unafraid to trumpet your greatness to the public.”


Blow your own trumpet - If someone blows their own trumpet, they boast about their talents and achievements. ('Blow your own horn' is an alternative form.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. trompette, dim. of trompe,. See Trump a trumpet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. trompette, dim. of trompe.


In literature:

Suddenly the shrill blast of a trumpet was heard.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
This he commenced fashioning somewhat after the manner of a penny-trumpet.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Again the elephant sent forth a loud trumpeting, and rushed towards us.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
On went the creatures trumpeting with rage, and disappointed at not finding us.
"Adventures in Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
He followed with his hounds and his sword, his trumpet and his missile-ball.
"The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said" by Padraic Colum
She is interrupted by the sound of trumpets.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The first thing he took out was a tin trumpet; just such a one as Peter had himself seen in a shop-window the day before.
"Seven Little People and their Friends" by Horace Elisha Scudder
The Indian hunter is provided with his trumpet of birch-bark, in the form of a cone, about two feet in length.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Trumpeter forms the only well-marked race.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
It was the sound of a trumpet, the trumpet of revolution!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various

In poetry:

No proud heraldic trumpet
Acclaimed him on his way;
Their court and camp have perished;
The songs live on for ay.
"Shakespeare's Kingdom" by Alfred Noyes
Wild, long, a trumpet sounds afar;
Bid me­bid me go
Where Seik and Briton meet in war,
On Indian Sutlej's flow.
"Passion" by Charlotte Bronte
He comes in flaming fire, and
With angels clear and bright,
Each with a trumpet in his hand,
Clothed in shining white.
"Of Judgement" by John Bunyan
And a sound was heard like the trumpet's blast
That shall one day wake the dead,
The strong church door could bear no more
And the bolts and the bars they fled.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
And they led me o’er mountains, ‘neath alien skies,
All else but their music was dumb;
And I ran till I fell, and slept but to rise,
Lo, the trumpets are calling -- I come.
"The Trumpets" by Sam Walter Foss
“The trumpets,” I cried, “Lo, they call from afar,
They are mingled with music of bugle and drum;
The trumpets, the trumpets are calling to war,
The trumpets are calling -- I come.”
"The Trumpets" by Sam Walter Foss

In news:

President Obama has launched a new campaign, this one designed to trumpet his.
Since his debut with Art Blakey in 1979, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has become not only the most famous living jazz musician but a spokesman for jazz itself.
Nov 28-30: Free Columbus shows featuring trumpet standout Clay Jenkins.
A couple years after joining Miles Davis' band, guitarist John Scofield received a call from the famed trumpeter.
The missile-defense drill had been trumpeted as showing US commitment to Israel's security.
Considering this is Sandoval's debut for Telarc, the results are surprisingly devoid of the fire one expects from the sizzling trumpeter.
Trumpet maker Jason Harrelson says he's donating one of the best trumpets he's ever made to benefit a festival honoring the artist who sparked his passion for the instrument.
Louis Armstrong influenced musicians around the globe and not just those playing traditional jazz or blowing trumpet.
As an innovator, superior technician, vocalist and entertainer, the trumpeter changed the way the music sounded and was felt.
In 1958, Miles Davis said of Louis Armstrong, "You can't play nothing on trumpet that doesn't come from him, not even modern shit".
Trumpeter Jack Sutte told her time for sight-seeing is at a premium.
Trumpeter Jack Sutte has been with the Cleveland Orchestra 11 years.
Officials across the nation are trumpeting a $69 million settlement in a nationwide price-fixing case against Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.
But Qwest chief executive Richard C Notebaert has been trumpeting his offer to shareholders, lobbying many of them directly, and he seems unlikely to give up without a fight.
I purchased a couple of trumpet vine s (to attract hummingbirds) but the leaves aren't like this and I'm not sure that they will bloom this season.

In science:

For example if the initial configuration is the “trumpet” {(x, y ) : |y | < ex } then the walker will drift to infinity in the x direction1.
A balanced excited random walk
The Internet is currently a ma jor source of such data, and the smart grid, with its trumpeted ability to allow individual customers to install autonomous control devices and systems for electricity demand, will likely be another one in the near future.
Learning the Structure and Parameters of Large-Population Graphical Games from Behavioral Data
While the “successes” of CDM on linear scales are trumpeted on a routine basis, this cannot be said for CDM predictions of the non-linear domain.
Workshop Summary: The Dynamics, Structure and History of Galaxies
Undeterred, NASA trumpets to Congress, “Now we’ve really seen the face of God.” 2030 Neal Katz retires, having finally removed all but one fre e parameter from galaxy formation models.
CIW Cosmology Symposium: Conference Summary -- Observations
Immerman and Baumgarte [147], initial data is constructed which is already in the trumpet form.
The Current Status of Binary Black Hole Simulations in Numerical Relativity