A trumpet is a brass instrument that you play by blowing into its mouthpiece and pressing valves to form notes. If your older brother has trouble getting up in the morning, you can help him out by practicing your trumpet outside his bedroom door at six a.m.

Trumpets fall under the category of brass instruments, along with tubas and saxophones. When you play a trumpet, you need to use something called embouchure, the proper shaping of your mouth and lips so your breath buzzes against the mouthpiece in just the right way. Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis were famous jazz trumpet players. As a verb, to trumpet is to announce something very loudly, as if you were playing it on a trumpet.

Definitions of trumpet
  1. noun
    a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
    synonyms: cornet, horn, trump
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    an obsolete bass cornet; resembles a snake
    type of:
    brass, brass instrument
    a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
  2. verb
    proclaim on, or as if on, a trumpet
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    type of:
    exclaim, proclaim, promulgate
    state or announce
  3. verb
    play or blow on the trumpet
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    type of:
    perform music on (a musical instrument)
  4. verb
    utter in trumpet-like sounds
    “Elephants are trumpeting
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
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