Meaning of “trumpet” in the English Dictionary

"trumpet" in British English

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trumpetnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtrʌm.pɪt/ us /ˈtrʌm.pət/

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.


  • Hark, I hear a distant trumpet!
  • Dizzy was a real killer on the trumpet.
  • She's been making risible attempts to learn the trumpet.
  • Ann blew a few notes on the trumpet.
  • The trumpet and trombone are brass instruments.


uk /ˈtrʌm.pɪt/ us /ˈtrʌm.pət/

(Definition of “trumpet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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trumpetnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈtrʌm·pɪt/

trumpet noun [ C/U ] (INSTRUMENT)

a brass musical instrument that plays high notes, with keys that are pressed to vary the notes and played by blowing into it, or this type of instrument generally; a horn


us /ˈtrʌm·pət/

trumpet verb (ANIMAL CALL)

[ I ] (of an animal, esp. an elephant) to produce a loud call:

We heard the elephants trumpeting in the distance.

trumpet verb (MAKE KNOWN)

[ T ] to make people aware of something important:

He’s been trumpeting political reform for years.
The boys were not shy about trumpeting their successes.

(Definition of “trumpet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)