Hun

noun
\ ˈhən How to pronounce Hun (audio) \

Definition of Hun

1 : a member of a nomadic central Asian people gaining control of a large part of central and eastern Europe under Attila about a.d. 450
2a often not capitalized : a person who is wantonly destructive : vandal
b disparaging : german especially : a German soldier

First Known Use of Hun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Hun

Middle English, from Old English Hunas, plural, from Late Latin Hunni, plural

Learn More About Hun

Time Traveler for Hun

Time Traveler

The first known use of Hun was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near Hun

Humvee

Hun

Hunan

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Hun

Cite this Entry

“Hun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hun. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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