verb (used without object), blared, blar·ing.

  1. to emit a loud, raucous sound: The trumpets blared as the procession got under way.

verb (used with object), blared, blar·ing.

  1. to sound loudly; proclaim noisily: We sat there horrified as the radio blared the awful news.


  1. a loud, raucous noise: The blare of the band made conversation impossible.
  2. glaring intensity of light or color: A blare of sunlight flooded the room as she opened the shutters.
  3. fanfare; flourish; ostentation; flamboyance: a new breakfast cereal proclaimed with all the blare of a Hollywood spectacle.
  4. Eastern New England. the bawl of a calf.


  1. to sound loudly and harshly
  2. to proclaim loudly and sensationally


  1. a loud and usually harsh or grating noise

late 14c., bleren “to wail,” possibly from an unrecorded Old English *blæren, or from Middle Dutch bleren “to bleat, cry, bawl, shout.” Probably echoic, either way. Related: Blared; blaring. As a noun from 1809, from the verb.

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