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fanfaronade (fan-far-uh-NAYD, -NAHD) noun

1. Bragging or blustering manner or behavior.

2. A fanfare.

[French fanfaronnade, from Spanish fanfarronada, bluster, from fanfarron, a braggart, perhaps from Arabic farfar.]

"George Manahan made his debut this week as music director of New York City Opera, and it is difficult to imagine someone laying claim to a major podium with less of a fanfaronade."
Justin Davidson, A Director's Toil Pays Some Dividends, Newsday, Sep 21, 1996.

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