can be found most notably in the stage directions of several of William Shakespeare's plays. In King Lear
for example, a tucket sounds to alert the Earl of Gloucester of the
arrival of the Duke of Cornwall (Act II, Scene i).
The word tucket
likely derives from the obsolete English verb tuk
, meaning "to beat the drum" or "to sound the trumpet." These days, the word fanfare
itself refers to a sounding of trumpets made, for example, in
celebration or to alert one of another's arrival. The presence of fanfare
might be the reason that tucket
is rarely used in contemporary English.
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