Meaning of fanfare in English:

fanfare

Pronunciation /ˈfanfɛː/

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noun

  • 1A short ceremonial tune or flourish played on brass instruments, typically to introduce something or someone important.

    ‘a specially composed fanfare announced the arrival of the Duchess’
    • ‘The opening movement combines a brass fanfare with a Widorian toccata figure for its music argument.’
    • ‘Originally improvised (as distinct from military signals), fanfares are used for ceremonial purposes, for example to announce the entrance of a dignitary, and are characterized by reliance on the harmonic series.’
    • ‘Through a chromatic mist of string ostinatos, a plainsong chorale gradually emerges in the brass climaxing in resplendent fanfares, before fading away into a haze of sound as the procession recedes.’
    • ‘Brass fanfares in the manner of Janácek's Sinfonietta mark the ‘Dance of Brutality’.’
    • ‘Boldly modern trumpet fanfares (à la Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto) resound in the ‘Dance of Poison’.’
    • ‘From the opening brass fanfares to the insouciance of the finale, the piece evokes images of mounted guardsmen, band shells in Bath, kids with pennywhistles, and even the elegiac promptings of night.’
    • ‘In the spirit of Shostakovich's last symphony, Vainberg quotes trumpet fanfares from well-known works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Bizet, and Mendelssohn.’
    • ‘Arthur Bliss, whose music I'd like to know more of, is represented by two spectacular ceremonial fanfares, which he wrote as Master of the Queen's Musick for the wedding of Princess Margaret.’
    • ‘It builds to a furious pace with something like a brass fanfare at one point.’
    • ‘Brass fanfares and skirling strings back Ashcroft's voice.’
    • ‘This is a set of twenty-nine short pieces, most truly titled ‘Trumpet Tunes,’ but also ‘trumpet’ voluntaries, fanfares and processions.’
    • ‘A fanfare of trumpets announced the arrival of the king and everyone stood.’
    • ‘The president of the bullfight signals for the first bull to be released whereupon the fanfare of trumpets from the brass band also ends the paso doble (popular two beat dance music).’
    • ‘The festive mood is set by the fanfare of trumpets and bells in the arrangement by London's Roger Harvey.’
    • ‘The first movement opens with a striking fanfare, and fanfares return in the otherwise peaceful finale, and overall, the mood is heroic, but without militarism or Soviet bombast.’
    • ‘Trumpets of various types were used in organized armies from Ancient Egypt onwards, to give signals in camp or battle and to sound fanfares on ceremonial occasions.’
    • ‘Then, there was an important-sounding fanfare, and a mellifluous announcer introduced the first Guest of Honour talk.’
    • ‘On the glass panel of the telephone box a lithe figure of ambiguous gender was blowing a trumpet fanfare to celebrate his arrival.’
    • ‘First came the fanfare of pipe bands, brass bands and tenors.’
    • ‘All at once, Wormhole Square resounded with a fanfare of trumpets as heralds announced the arrival of a notable procession.’
    peal of trumpets, flourish, fanfaronade, trumpet call, trumpet blare
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    1. 1.1mass noun Media attention or elaborate ceremony.
      ‘the studio released this film with great fanfare but no commercial success’
      • ‘The Québec government and Makivik Corporation signed a framework agreement on a new government for Nunavik, with little media fanfare or public ceremony.’
      • ‘They train every day, without fanfare or public attention.’
      • ‘Initially, the MAI negotiations had begun in the fall of 1995 with little attention or public fanfare.’
      • ‘With a lot of fanfare and plenty of media exposure, his Jet2 airline took to the skies just over a week ago for its inaugural destination of Amsterdam.’
      • ‘These events are formally managed by the states holding the Council presidency and are finalized - amidst much media fanfare - at a European Council by the heads of state and government.’
      • ‘Secondly, with a lot of media fanfare, an impression was created that there would be a far-reaching reshuffle of permanent secretaries and this would be a new era of public service.’
      • ‘Hospital visits to comfort sick kids have been regular, but done without any media fanfare.’
      • ‘A book detailing the Three Represents was published last week to great fanfare in the official media, even though the theory was first announced more than a year ago.’
      • ‘The launch of Windows 2000 last week was not accompanied by the usual fanfare of hype and publicity surrounding the launch of a Microsoft operating environment.’
      • ‘Amidst the usual media fanfare, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for its annual Oscar awards Tuesday morning.’
      • ‘More important from a predictive point of view, the Amex Oil Index, made a five year high when it closed above 610 on April 16, with little fanfare from the major media.’
      • ‘On that memorable day, the National Constitution Center museum was opened in Philadelphia amidst great fanfare and national attention.’
      • ‘Many feel that the media fanfare surrounding your divorce hurt your career.’
      • ‘So what is going on with the new EU members - they have only been members for six weeks and enjoyed all the hype and fanfare of joining - but firstly they couldn't be bothered to turn out to vote.’
      • ‘How did this elitist come to write a set of stories that at the last count have sold some 80m copies and are about to come to the cinema screens with as much fanfare and hype as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings received?’
      • ‘The 22-year-old arrived without huge fanfare or any of the media lobbying that normally accompanies the promotion of a fresh face.’
      • ‘Last year, Microsoft shipped Windows Media Center to much public fanfare but less than glowing reviews.’
      • ‘It was November of 1919 before the outcome of the eclipse analysis was made public, with great fanfare in London.’
      • ‘One project that is seemingly outstripping all others is Airbus's A380, introduced in a fanfare about eight years ago but is due for its first flight this year.’
      fuss, commotion, stir, show, showiness, display, ostentation, flashiness, publicity, sensationalism, pageantry, splendour, hubbub, brouhaha
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Origin

Mid 18th century from French, ultimately of imitative origin.