Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “trumpet”

trumpet

noun [C] uk   /ˈtrʌm.pɪt/ us  
B1 a brass musical instrument consisting of a metal tube with one narrow end, into which the player blows, and one wide end. Three buttons are pressed in order to change notes.

trumpet

verb uk   /ˈtrʌm.pɪt/ us  

trumpet verb (ANIMAL CALL)

[I] (of a large animal, especially an elephant) to produce a loud call: We could hear the elephants trumpeting in the distance.

trumpet verb (ANNOUNCE)

[T] mainly disapproving to announce or talk about something proudly to a lot of people: The museum has been loudly trumpeting its reputation as one of the finest. Their much-trumpeted price cuts affect only five percent of the goods that they sell.
(Definition of trumpet from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of trumpet?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “trumpet” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

monster

any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More