English horn


Definition of English horn 

: a double-reed woodwind instrument resembling the oboe in design but having a longer tube and a range a fifth lower than that of the oboe

Illustration of English horn

Illustration of english horn

English horn

First Known Use of English horn

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for English horn

translation of Italian corno inglese

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about English horn

Share English horn

Statistics for English horn

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for English horn

The first known use of English horn was in 1775

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for English horn

English horn


English Language Learners Definition of English horn

: a musical instrument that is similar to the oboe but lower in pitch

English horn


Kids Definition of English horn

: a woodwind instrument that is similar to an oboe but is longer and has a deeper tone

More from Merriam-Webster on English horn

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with English horn

Comments on English horn

What made you want to look up English horn? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a typical or ideal example

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!