Definition of fanfare noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfænfeə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfænfer//
    Pieces of music
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  1. 1[countable] a short loud piece of music that is played to celebrate somebody/something important arriving A fanfare of trumpets will sound for the Queen. See related entries: Pieces of music
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] a large amount of activity and discussion on television, in newspapers, etc. to celebrate somebody/something The product was launched amid much fanfare worldwide. Despite the fanfare of publicity that accompanied its launch, his latest novel sold only a few hundred copies.
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: from French, ultimately of imitative origin.Extra examples It was a bold law but there was a distinct lack of fanfare surrounding its passage. The movie was released with little fanfare in 2006. The new building was opened with great fanfare in January 1895.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fanfare