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fanfare (noun) short and loud piece of music on the trumpet; noisy and showy display.

A short and loud piece of music played on the trumpet to announce the arrival of a VIP or to introduce a topic for discussion is fanfare. A noisy and showy display to mark the beginning of a great event or the celebration of a great festival is fanfare.

  • Usually fanfare marks the Olympic inaugural. On the occasion, the fanfare includes song and dance and colorful processions.
  • This politician was an exception. Called upon to inaugurate the new highway, he, unlike other politicians, insisted that there be no fanfare to mark the occasion.
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