French horn


: a circular valved brass instrument having a conical bore, a funnel-shaped mouthpiece, and a usual range from B below the bass staff upward for more than three octaves

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Word History

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of French horn was in 1682

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“French horn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

French horn

: a circular brass musical instrument with a large opening at one end and a mouthpiece shaped like a small funnel

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