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 for fanfare
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fanfare \Fan"fare`\, n. [F. Cf. Fanfaron.]
     A flourish of trumpets, as in coming into the lists, etc.;
     also, a short and lively air performed on hunting horns
     during the chase.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The fanfare announcing the arrival of the various
           Christian princes.                       --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fanfare
      n 1: a gaudy outward display [syn: ostentation, fanfare,
           flash]
      2: (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments; "he
         entered to a flourish of trumpets"; "her arrival was greeted
         with a rousing fanfare" [syn: flourish, fanfare,
         tucket]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  84 Moby Thesaurus words for "fanfare":
     Aldine, Arabesque, Byzantine, Canevari, Etruscan, Grolier,
     Harleian, Jansenist, Maioli, Roxburgh, ado, anniversaries, array,
     ballyhoo, bay, beep, blare, blast, blat, bray, brouhaha,
     celebrating, celebration, ceremony, commemoration, commotion,
     cottage, dentelle, dressing ship, fanfaron, fanfaronade, festivity,
     flourish, flourish of trumpets, fuss, holiday, honk, hubbub,
     hullabaloo, jubilee, marking the occasion, memorialization, memory,
     observance, ovation, panoply, parade, peal, pointille, pomp,
     rejoicing, religious rites, remembrance, revel, rite,
     ritual observance, salute, salvo, shine, show, shriek,
     solemn observance, solemnization, squeal, stir, tantara, tantarara,
     taps, tarantara, tattoo, testimonial, testimonial banquet,
     testimonial dinner, to-do, toast, toot, tootle, tribute, triumph,
     trumpet, trumpet blast, trumpet call, tweedle, whistle
  
  

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